Trommelfell

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Trommel (drum) +‎ Fell (animal skin).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtʁɔməlˌfɛl/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

Trommelfell n (genitive Trommelfelles or Trommelfells, plural Trommelfelle)

  1. (music) drumhead
  2. (anatomy) eardrum

Usage notes[edit]

  • The anatomic sense—though etymologically a figurative use of the musical one—is now so predominant that there is a tendency to use other compounds for “drumhead”, such as Trommelbespannung, Trommelhaut, Trommelmembran, etc.

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