Tabla definition

täblə, tŭblə
A small hand drum of northern India.
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A pair of drums, differing in size and tone, played together.
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A set of two small drums whose pitch can be varied, used esp. in India and played with the hands.
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(music) A pair of tuned hand drums; used in various musical genres of the Indian subcontinent, that are similar to bongos.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tabla
Plural:
tablas

Origin of tabla

  • Hindi tablā from Arabic ṭabla from Aramaic ṭabl drum perhaps of Persian origin Middle Persian tumbag drum

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Hindi तबला (tablā), from Arabic طبل (tabl). Cognate of Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese tambor.

    From Wiktionary