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A goblet-shaped, single-headed hand drum of a type originating in the Middle East and North Africa.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Edward Lane (1801–1876), orientalist. From Egyptian Arabic darabukka, Levantine Arabic dirbakke, Maghribi Arabic durbakke, dirbūka, dirbūga, probably ultimately from Persian donbak, dombak.
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