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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tam`bour*ine"
A small drum, especially a shallow drum with only one skin, played on with the hand, and having bells at the sides; a timbrel.

Etymology: F. tambourin; cf. It. tamburino. See Tambour, and cf. Tamborine

noun Tam`bour*ine"
A South American wild dove (Tympanistria tympanistria), mostly white, with black-tiped wings and tail. Its resonant note is said to be ventriloquous.
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  1. A shallow drum with a single drumhead and with metallic disks in the sides

From French tambourin (“little drum”), from tambour (“drum”).

  1. A percussion instrument consisting of a small, usually wooden, hoop closed on one side with a drum frame and featuring jingling metal disks on the tread; it is most often held in the hand and shaken rhythmically; by extension, any frame drum.
  2. A tambourine dove.

tambourine was also found in the following language(s): French

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Past life for Tambourine born Jul 23, 2008

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Central Africa approximately on 1675. Your profession was designer, engineering, and craftsman.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. You fulfill your lesson by helping old folks and children. You came to that life to learn to care about weak and helpless.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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