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  • n. The onomatopoeia of a particular sound made by a bugle or trumpet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A word imitative of the sound of a trumpet: used indifferently as a noun or as an adverb.


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  • At tuba terribili sonitu taratantara dixit. incedunt arbusta per alta, securibus caedunt, percellunt magnas quercus, exciditur ilex, fraxinus frangitur atque abies consternitur alta, 15 pinus proceras peruortunt: omne sonabat arbustum fremitu siluai frondosai. vi

    Lesser Fragments of the Annals

  • This name is supposed by some to be an onomatopoetic word, intended to imitate the pulse-like sound of the trumpet, like the Latin taratantara.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary


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  • The sound of a horn such as a trumpet or bugle; fanfare; pretentious talk.

    December 16, 2007