Definition of water drum in English:

water drum


  • 1A West African instrument played by striking a bowl or gourd floating upside down in a pail of water.

  • 2A drum partly filled with water to adjust the pitch and timbre, used by North American Indians as well as by the Chaco and Guaycurú of South America.

    • ‘Instruments for making music include the water drum, the hand-held rattle, and the human voice.’
    • ‘More commonly, cowhorn rattles with wooden handles and water drums were used.’