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TOM-TOM, or TAM-TAM, a native Indian and Asiatic word, reduplicated and onomatopoeic .in form, for a drum, hence often loosely applied to the various types of primitive drum used for purposes of religious excitement, war, signalling, etc., by savage tribes throughout the world. The term is applied strictly to the metal gongs of the Far East, which are flat disks with a shallow rim.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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