\ \ [16] Timpani was borrowed from Italian, where it is the plural of timpanokettledrum’. This in turn went back via Latin tympanumdrum’ (source of English tympanumear-drum’ [17]) to Greek túmpanondrum’, a close relative of the verb túpteinhit’. Part of the same word-family is timbresound-quality’ [19], whose French antecedent meant ‘bell hit with a hammer’.

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