The tambourine or marine (commonly called tambo) is a musical instrument of the percussion family consisting of a frame, often of wood or plastic, with pairs of small metal jingles, called "zils". Classically the term tambourine denotes an instrument with a drumhead, though some variants may not have a head at all. Tamborines are often used with regular percussion sets. They can be mounted, but position is largely down to preference.
Tambourines come in many different shapes with the most common being circular. It is found in many forms of music, Italian folk music, classical music, Roma music, Persian music, gospel music, pop music and rock music. The word tambourine finds its origins in French tambourin which means "long narrow drum used in Provence," dim. of tambour "drum," altered by infl. of Arabic tunbur "drum". from the Middle Persian word tambūr "lute, drum".
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