membranophone

membranophone

[mem-brey-nuh-fohn]
noun
any musical instrument, as a drum, in which the sound is produced by striking, rubbing, or blowing against a membrane stretched over a frame.

Origin:
1935–40; membrane + -o- + -phone

membranophonic [mem-brey-nuh-fon-ik] , adjective
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membranophone

any of a class of musical instruments in which a stretched membrane vibrates to produce sound. Besides drums, the basic types include the mirliton, or kazoo, and the friction drum (sounded by friction produced by drawing a stick back and forth through a hole in the membrane)

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