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A percussion instrument of Chinese origin, consisting of a large, round, thick disk of metal suspended in a frame and struck with a padded stick. When it is struck it produces a very loud sound with a fundamental note and rich overtones. Even though the gong produces a fundamental pitch, it is typically considered to be untuned percussion or a non-pitched instrument.


Modest Musorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, "Great Gate of Kiev"

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[Hindi] tam-tam (n)


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