Tam-tam meaning

tŭmtŭm, tămtăm
A gong having a metal disk struck with a felt-covered hammer or stick used in a gamelan orchestra.
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A large gong of indefinite pitch, sounded with a soft-headed mallet.
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A flat gong (without knob) that is struck with a felt-covered hammer.
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Origin of tam-tam

  • Ultimately of imitative origin

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