drum head

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drum head (plural drum heads)

  1. The thin circle of material attached to the top of a drum shell for the purpose of striking, sometimes made of skin and in such occurrences sometimes referred to as a skin, or drum-skin, but often synthetic.
    • 1845, William Carleton, "The Pudding Bewitched" in Tales and Sketches: Illustrating the Character, Usages, Traditions, Sports and Pastimes of the Irish Peasantry, Dublin: James Duffy, p. 227, [1]
      [] out bounced the pudden itself, hoppin', as nimble as a pea on a drum-head, about the floor.
    • 1854, Henry David Thoreau, Walden, New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., 1910, Chapter XVII, p. 398, [2]
      [] I noticed with surprise, that when I struck the ice with the head of my axe, it resounded like a gong for many rods around, or as if I had struck on a tight drumhead.
    • 2014, John Vincent Bellezza, The Dawn of Tibet: The Ancient Civilization on the Roof of the World, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, Chapter 2, p. 43,
      Deer as mythological flying creatures appear to have played a vital role in the religious life of Zhang Zhung. It is written in Tibetan texts that its body parts were sought after in the manufacture of ritual objects such a[s] drumheads and tabernacles.
  2. A drumhead cabbage.


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