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crotale

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrəʊt(ə)l
 
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Definition of crotale in English:

noun

(usually crotales)
A small tuned cymbal.
Example sentences
  • Along with the chorus, there are four pianos, tympani, and a fascinating assortment of percussion instruments - xylophone, crotales, bell, snare drum, side drum, bass drum, tambourine, cymbals and triangle.
  • The first movement's short ‘introduction’ is dominated by a characteristic ‘chiming’ texture, with crotales and celesta (and, later, alto flute, clarinet, violin and cello) outlining an added C major dominant seventh chord.

Origin

1930s: French, from Latin crotalum, denoting an ancient type of castanet, from Greek krotalon.

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