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  • n. A type of goblet drum used heavily in Persian music.
  • n. A brass alloy also known as red-bronze. Term used where zinc content is below 28%. Usually consists of 84-90 % zinc and 16-10% copper, sometimes including arsenic to mimic gold. Also called German brass or Dutch brass.

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  • n. an alloy of copper and zinc (and sometimes arsenic) used to imitate gold in cheap jewelry and for gilding


From Persian تنبک (tombak). (Wiktionary)
From Dutch, from Indonesian tembaga ("copper"), from Javanese. Entered Dutch usage during colonial period. (Wiktionary)



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