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sistrum

Syllabification: sis·trum
Pronunciation: /ˈsistrəm
 
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Definition of sistrum in English:

noun (plural sistra /ˈsistrə/ or sistrums)

A musical instrument of ancient Egypt consisting of a metal frame with transverse metal rods that rattled when the instrument was shaken.
Example sentences
  • Drums, sometimes very large, were important in Mesopotamian ritual, while the characteristic instrument of Egyptian ceremony was the sistrum or rattle.
  • Deacons sing and accompany the song with drums and a sistrum as part of the mass.
  • Two students composed a synthesized soundtrack that combined world beat rhythms with the beat of the sacred sistrum on every thrust of the harpoon.

Origin

late Middle English: via Latin from Greek seistron, from seiein 'to shake'.

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