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From Old French nacaire, nacre (cognate with Italian nacchera, mediaeval Latin nacara), from Arabic نَقَّارَة(naqqāra, drum).

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naker (plural nakers)

  1. (music) A small drum, of Arabic origin, and the forebear of the European kettledrum.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
      the Norman trumpets from the battlements [] , mingled with the deep and hollow clang of the nakers, (a species of kettle-drum,) retorted in notes of defiance the challenge of the enemy.

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