(Heb. toph ). In old English tabor was used for any drum. Tabouret and tambourine are diminutives of tabor, and denote the instrument now known as the tambourine. Tabret is a contraction of tabouret. The Hebrew toph is undoubtedly the instrument described by travellers as the duff or diff of the Arabs. It was played principally by women, ( Exodus 15:20 ; Judges 11:34 ; 1 Samuel 18:6 ; Psalms 68:25 ) as an accompaniment to the song and dance. The diff of the Arabs is described by Russell as "a hoop (sometimes with pieces of brass fixed in it to make a jingling) over which a piece of parchment is stretched. It is beaten with the fingers, and is the true tympanum of the ancients." In Barbary it is called tar .
Bibliography InformationSmith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Timbrel, tabret'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary".