from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A plural of tympanum.

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  • n. Plural form of tympanum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Latin plural of tympanum.


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  • The ringing it left in his tympana was a great confusion.

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  • However, they do not have actual ears, they have a special organ called the tympana that is located on their knees.

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  • All the other parts, such as tympana and the simae of the corona, are to be constructed as described above in the case of the Ionic order.

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  • The buildings were grand, with columned porticoes and hanging galleries and friezes carved in their tympana.

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  • S Bach at a similar volume but, alas, the tympana of most of these hearing damaged yahoos can only be stimulated by a full frontal 120 db assault of the raucous bedlam that passes for music in the 21st Century.

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  • For example, they have little fringes on their feet to help them run across sand, a countersunk jaw for burrowing in sand, little ear flaps to cover their tympana, cryptic coloration to hide on the sand, and a very glossy belly to reflect heat.

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  • Adduntur instrumenta luxuriae, tympana et tripudia; nec tam spectator rex, sed nequitiae magister,

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  • And somewhere distant, somewhere near the heart of the rock, in a matriarchal chamber all of its own, something drummed out messages to its companions and helpers, stiffly articulated antlerlike forelimbs beating against stretched tympana of finely veined skin, something that had been waiting here for eternities, something that wanted nothing more than to care for the souls of the lost.

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  • He glanced back at Amdi, who was still frantically grooming his tympana.

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  • They straggled drunkenly into a heap, licking each another's tympana.

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