follow's Word of the Year is...


[lith-uh-fohn] /ˈlɪθ əˌfoʊn/
a Chinese stone chime consisting of 16 stone slabs hung in two rows and struck with a hammer.
1885-90; litho- + -phone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for lithophone

a set of struck sonorous stones, the basis of musical instruments found around the world. Such instruments can be found from the South Seas and South America to Africa and East Asia. Stones are used in Ethiopian and Coptic churches, for example, as bells (dowel), as well as in sets of chimes.

Learn more about lithophone with a free trial on
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for lithophone

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for lithophone

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for lithophone