sistrum

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English[edit]

A Roman sistrum

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin sīstrum, itself a borrowing from Ancient Greek σεῖστρον (seîstron), 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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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Ancient Greek σεῖστρον (seîstron), from σείω (seíō, shake).

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Noun[edit]

sīstrum n (genitive sīstrī); second declension

  1. sistrum

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

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

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Further reading[edit]

  • sistrum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • sistrum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • sistrum” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • sistrum in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • sistrum in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin