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.
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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