One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A dish of finely minced meat or fish cooked with other ingredients in a pastry shell or in a mold.
- ‘The first dish that literally made my mouth water was a warm timbale of Arbroath smokies.’
- ‘We thought the crab timbale, though delicious, a little on the pricey side for such a dainty entrée but you won't hear me grumbling about the scallops.’
- ‘I decided to see if the crushed shrimp and avocado timbale with Bloody Mary dressing stood up to its exciting description.’
- ‘Guests were welcomed with a sparkling wine with a dash of cassis, then on to the more serious matter of the timbale of shrimp, Parma ham and vegetables in tuna sauce, followed by a curry flavoured chicken cream soup, and lemon grass sorbet.’
- ‘To start I had a coconut and crab timbale with avocado served with five juicy crab claws, mango salsa and rocket salad for €9.80.’
2timbalesPaired cylindrical drums played with sticks in Latin American dance music.
- ‘There's keyboard, bass guitar, drums, two trumpets, two trombones, timbales, conga and two backing vocals.’
- ‘These three main patterns are amplified by turtle shells, claves, timbales, bongos, congas, maracas and tambourines.’
- ‘The drummer played the timbales and traps simultaneously.’
- ‘I took up percussion in high school, learned congas and timbales, was basically self taught.’
- ‘A master of the bongo and timbales, he deftly crafts complex and rousing Latin American anthems infused with a joyous intensity.’
French, ‘drum’ (in timbale (sense 1) with reference to the shape of the prepared dish; in timbale (sense 2) short for timbales cubains or timbales creoles ‘Cuban’ or ‘creole drums’).
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