Timbrel, tabret (Heb. tôph). In old English tabor was used for any drum. Tabouret and tabourine are diminutives of tabor, and denote the instrument now known as the tambourine. Tabret is a contraction of tabouret. The Hebrew tôph is undoubtedly the instrument described by travellers as the duff or diff of the Arabs. It was played principally by women, Ex. 15:20; Judges 11:34; 1 Sam. 18:6; Ps. 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.