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- n. A percussion instrument used chiefly in Eastern Orthodox monasteries to summon the brethren to prayer or to lead processions.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the Gr. Ch., a long bar or piece of wood or metal struck with a mallet, and used instead of a bell to summon worshipers to service.
From Ancient Greek σήμαντρον (semantron, "a seal, signet, in MGr. a semantron"), from σημαίνειν (semainein, "to show by a sign, signify, in MGr. strike a semantron"), from σῆμα (sema, "mark, sign"). (Wiktionary)