from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small hand drum of northern India.
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- n. A pair of tuned hand drums; used in various musical genres of the Indian subcontinent, that are similar to bongos.
Hindi tablā, from Arabic ṭabla, from Aramaic ṭabl, drum, perhaps of Persian origin; akin to Middle Persian tumbag, drum.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hindi तबला (tablā), from Arabic طبل (tabl). Cognate of Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese tambor. (Wiktionary)