noun (plural sistra /-trə/)
A musical instrument of ancient Egypt consisting of a metal frame with transverse metal rods which rattled when the instrument was shaken.
More 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.
late Middle English: via Latin from Greek seistron, from seiein 'to shake'.
Definition of sistrum in:
- The US English dictionary