glockenspiel

[glok-uhn-speel, -shpeel]
noun
a musical instrument composed of a set of graduated steel bars mounted in a frame and struck with hammers, used especially in bands.

Origin:
1815–25; < German, equivalent to Glocken bells + Spiel play

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glockenspiel (ˈɡlɒkənˌspiːl, -ˌʃpiːl)
 
n
a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned metal plates played with a pair of small hammers
 
[C19: German, from Glocken bells + Spiel play]

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glockenspiel
1825, from Ger., lit. "play of bells," from Glocke "bell" (see clock) + Spiel "a play."
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Plumed and bespangled, they mark time to music, highlighted by the banjo and glockenspiel.
The large glockenspiel in the lobby plays holiday carols.
It is specially designed to contain a specific musical instrument commonly known as a glockenspiel.
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