American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An unfretted lute of India and Turkey, used as a drone.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An Oriental musical instrument of the lute class, closely resembling the guitar or mandolin.
- n. alternative spelling of tambura.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) A stringed musical instrument resembling a lute but lacking frets, with a small round body and a long neck, used to produce an accompaniment for singing; -- called also
tambur, tambour, and tampur.
- Urdu ṭambūra, from Persian ṭanbūra, from Arabic ṭanbūr; see tambour. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This first song, "Om Tare," by the Hindu-leaning artist Angelika, is a rather enchanting vocal performance resting atop an autoharp, very light piano and the drone tamboura.”
“For the first time in years, Laila hears music at Kabul's street corners, rubab and tabla, dooiar, harmonium and tamboura, old Ahmad Zahir songs.”
“Egyptian tamboura, with five strings, and covered with the skin of”
“Some of her collaborations with CARLOS SANTANA and PHARAOH SANDERS utilize Indian instruments (the drone of the tamboura is often present).”
“Personnel: Standard, plus Anton Denner (bassoon) and Diane Brown (tamboura)”
“Personnel: Standard, plus Gary Todd (bass), Charles Campbell (conga), Anatol Arkus (synth), Aparna Chakravarti (tamboura)”
“Well, as the ancient Greek bards sang their Achilles, using the lyre, and as the ancient Indian singers sang their Krishna with the help of the tamboura, so the Serbian epic singers accompanied with the gusle their songs on their hero of old, Marko.”
“Furthermore, they have the divinity of Genesa, the god of wisdom, who is represented as a man with the head of an elephant holding in his hands a tamboura, a kind of lute with a long neck.”
“Furthermore, they have the divinity of Genesa, the god of wisdom, who is represented as a man with the head of an elephant holding in his hands a _tamboura_, a kind of lute with a long neck.”
“I was told that there are some men amongst them, who play the tamboura, a sort of guitar, but I never heard any of them perform.”
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