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kettledrum (n.)

1540s, from kettle + drum (n.). So called for its shape. Related: Kettledrummer.

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Definitions of kettledrum

kettledrum (n.)
a large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on it;
Synonyms: kettle / tympanum / tympani / timpani
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