Etymology
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timpani (n.)

1876, plural of timpano (1740), from Italian timpani "drums," from Latin tympanum "drum" (see tympanum). Related: Timpanist.

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Definitions of timpani

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