A tattoo, as of a drum, the hooves of a galloping horse, or machine-gun fire.(noun)
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Use "rataplan" in a sentence
"Then comes the military réveille, and the deafening 'rataplan' of regimental drums, and the town is soon alive with people arriving and departing by the early trains; whilst others collect in the market-place in holiday attire with baskets of flowers, and commence the erection of an altar to the Virgin in the middle of the square."
"Cusins flourishes his drumsticks as if in the art of beating a lively rataplan, but makes no sound."
"The child-actress was the prop of her mother and the donkey; her talent also kept the youth, who began to agitate the nerves of Beynac with his diabolical rataplan hours before each performance."