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tom-tom (plural tom-toms)
- A small joined pair of drums, beaten with the hands.
- 1928 February, H[oward] P[hillips] Lovecraft, “The Call of Cthulhu”, in Farnsworth Wright, editor, Weird Tales: A Magazine of the Bizarre and Unusual, volume 11, number 2, Indianapolis, Ind.: Popular Fiction Pub. Co., →OCLC, pages 159–178 and 287:
- It was voodoo, apparently, but voodoo of a more terrible sort than they had ever known; and some of their women and children had disappeared since the malevolent tom-tom had begun its incessant beating far within the black haunted woods where no dweller ventured.
- (usually as a pair) Any cylindrical drum, with no snare; part of a drum kit.
- Alternative form of
- To play the tom-tom (pair of drums).