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- noun music Any
musical instrumentthat produces sound via the vibrationof a stretched membrane.
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- noun a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end
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The drum is a percussion instrument, technically classified as a membranophone, referring to the membrane (drumhead) that's stretched over a shell and stuck to produce sound.
The Hebrew word tof represents a hand-held frame-drum, a hoop-shaped drum with a diameter wider than its depth and well known as a popular membranophone (percussion instrument) from artistic representations preserved from the ancient Near East.