sistrum

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English[edit]

A sistrum

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From Latin sistrum, from Ancient Greek σείστρον (seístron), from σείω (seíō, shake).

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sistrum (plural sistrums or sistra)

  1. An ancient Egyptian musical instrument, to be shaken, consisting of a metal frame holding percussive metal beads.
    • 1983, Norman Mailer, Ancient Evenings:
      She moved with slow undulations of her body as lascivious as the curve of Hathfertiti’s hair, and the sistrum with its singing wires was played by a dwarf wearing nothing but a gold purse and a few bracelets on his stunted biceps.

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Noun[edit]

sīstrum n (genitive sīstrī); second declension

  1. sistrum

Inflection[edit]

Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative sīstrum sīstra
genitive sīstrī sīstrōrum
dative sīstrō sīstrīs
accusative sīstrum sīstra
ablative sīstrō sīstrīs
vocative sīstrum sīstra

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