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Definition of kettledrum:

  1. A drum made of thin copper in the form of a hemispherical kettle, with parchment stretched over the mouth of it.
  2. An informal social party at which a light collation is offered, held in the afternoon or early evening. Cf. Drum, n., 4 and 5.


eardrum, drum, myringa, musical instrument, tambour, boiler, kettle hole, timpani, tympanum, tabla, kettle, tympanic cavity, tympani, kettleful, middle ear, tympanic membrane.

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