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xylophone

[zahy-luh-fohn] /ˈzaɪ ləˌfoʊn/
noun
1.
a musical instrument consisting of a graduated series of wooden bars, usually sounded by striking with small wooden hammers.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; xylo- + -phone
Related forms
xylophonic
[zahy-luh-fon-ik] /ˌzaɪ ləˈfɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
xylophonist
[zahy-luh-foh-nist, zahy-lof-uh-nist, zi-] /ˈzaɪ ləˌfoʊ nɪst, zaɪˈlɒf ə nɪst, zɪ-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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Examples from the web for xylophone
  • Ed plays the xylophone and works a printing press: anarchists' slogans, calling cards, the menu of the evening.
  • Each locomotive comes with built-in castanets, cymbals, a xylophone and a drum.
  • Instruments on the table include a xylophone, cymbal, drum and two drumsticks.
  • The multi-colored toys come in the shape of a drum and a xylophone, and are sold with a drumstick for playing the musical toy.
British Dictionary definitions for xylophone

xylophone

/ˈzaɪləˌfəʊn/
noun
1.
(music) a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars of graduated length. It is played with hard-headed hammers
Derived Forms
xylophonic (ˌzaɪləˈfɒnɪk) adjective
xylophonist (zaɪˈlɒfənɪst) noun
Word Origin
C19: from xylo- + -phone
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Word Origin and History for xylophone
n.

1866, coined from Greek xylon "wood" + phone "a sound" (see fame (n.)).

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