from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One of a pair of round metal cymbals attached to the fingers and struck together for rhythm and percussion in belly dancing.

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  • noun A kind of cymbals.

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  • noun one of a pair of small metallic cymbals worn on the thumb and middle finger; used in belly dancing in rhythm with the dance


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Turkish zil, cymbals.]

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From Turkish zil.


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