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tom-tom, name popularly applied to high-pitched hand drums, usually barrel-shaped and having either one or two drumheads of skin. They are tunable to specific pitches. Supposedly of Native American or Asian origin, they are sometimes used in modern dance orchestras for special effects. The terms tom-tom and tam-tam are sometimes confused; the latter is another name for the gong.

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tom-tom • n. a medium-sized cylindrical drum beaten with the hands and used in jazz bands, etc. ∎  an early drum, of Native American or Asian origin, typically played with the hands.

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tom-tom. Type of drum, imitative of African small hand-played drums, used in Western dance-bands from 1920s and sometimes in orch. works. May or may not be tuned. Not the same as tam-tam.

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tom-tom XVII. — Hind. tam tam.

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