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Timbrel, Tabret

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(Heb. toph ). In old English tabor was used for any drum. Tabouret and tambourine are diminutives of tabor, and denote the instrument now known as the tambourine. Tabret is a contraction of tabouret. The Hebrew toph is undoubtedly the instrument described by travellers as the duff or diff of the Arabs. It was played principally by women, ( Exodus 15:20 ; Judges 11:34 ; 1 Samuel 18:6 ; Psalm 68:25 ) as an accompaniment to the song and dance. The diff of the Arabs is described by Russell as "a hoop (sometimes with pieces of brass fixed in it to make a jingling) over which a piece of parchment is stretched. It is beaten with the fingers, and is the true tympanum of the ancients." In Barbary it is called tar .

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Timbrel, Tabret'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/sbd/t/timbrel-tabret.html. 1901.

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