Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Entry: tympanum (n.)

In context: "An intriguing single-decker medical-looking bldg. with a sort of tympanum over the smoked glass door..."

Definition: The vertical recessed face of a pediment, often adorned with sculpture.

but also:

 A drum or similar instrument, as a tambourine or timbrel (esp. ancient); also, the stretched membrane of a drum, a drum-head.



Other:

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Page: 479

Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

2 comments:

  1. Also, the morphological structure some orthopteran insects (the katydids, grasshoppers, and crickets) use to produce noise! Thanks, entomology!

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    1. Best comment yet Anonymous! This is exactly the type of information I'm thrilled to learn.

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