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The tone-colour or quality of a musical sound, the property that distinguishes the sound of a continuous tone played on two different musical instruments or sung by two different voices at the same pitch and intensity. In German it is called Klangfarbe, literally sound colour. In phonetics, it is the characteristic tonal quality distinguishing one vowel from another. [From French timbre the sound of a bell, from Latin tympanum a drum]

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