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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ket·tle·drum /-ˌdrʌm/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ket·tle·drum n.
 1. Mus. A drum made of thin copper in the form of a hemispherical kettle, with parchment stretched over the mouth of it.
 Note:Kettledrums, in pairs, were formerly used in martial music for cavalry, but are now chiefly confined to orchestras, where they are called tympani.
 2. An informal social party at which a light collation is offered, held in the afternoon or early evening.  Cf. Drum, n., 4 and 5.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument
          with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the
          tension on it [syn: kettle, tympanum, tympani, timpani]