One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A West African instrument played by striking a bowl or gourd floating upside down in a pail of water.
2An American Indian drum partly filled with water to adjust the pitch and timbre.
- ‘More commonly, cowhorn rattles with wooden handles and water drums were used.’
- ‘Instruments for making music include the water drum, the hand-held rattle, and the human voice.’
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