alfaia

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English[edit]

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Noun[edit]

alfaia ‎(plural alfaias)

  1. A Brazilian drum with a membrane made of animal skin.
    • 2015 August 3, Ben Ratliff, “Review: Nação Zumbi Returns to Central Park SummerStage”[1], New York Times:
      And there was the band’s centerpiece and glory, the interlocking rhythm of a trap-set drummer, a percussionist, and three standing drummers playing the alfaia, the large wooden drum from the African-derived, northeastern Brazilian song-and-dance tradition of maracatu.

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic

Noun[edit]

alfaia f (plural alfaias)

  1. utensil
  2. ornament

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