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1A type of drum used by the Khoekhoe people in southern Africa, made from a hollow vessel over one end of which a piece of skin is stretched. Also called bambus, khais. Now chiefly historical.
2In the Netherlands: a type of drum traditionally consisting of an earthenware pot covered at the top by a bladder pierced by a stick that is pushed up and down or rotated.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Elizabeth Helme (d. 1816). From South African Dutch, Dutch rommelpot from rommelen + pot. The drum is so called on account of the rumbling noise that it produces.
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