tom-tom (tŏmtŏm′) also tam-tam (tŭmtŭm′, tămtăm′)
1. A mid-sized drum having one or two heads and a cylindrical body with a depth approximately equal to its diameter, often used in drum sets. Also called tom.
2. Any of various small-headed drums, usually long and narrow, that are beaten with the hands.
3. A monotonous rhythmical drumbeat or similar sound.
[Hindi ṭamṭam, probably of imitative origin.]
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