- a musical instrument consisting of a graduated series of wooden bars, usually sounded by striking with small wooden hammers.
Origin of xylophone
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Examples from the Web for xylophone
After much thought and reflection, I have decided to pursue my first loves--modern dance and the xylophone.Laura Ingraham Temporarily Off-Air
November 27, 2012
My ribs are like a xylophone, and the knobs of my spine stick up like ponderous cairns in the landscape of my back.Live Nude Girl Bares All
February 20, 2009
A touch like a xylophone player, but he knows how to use his feet.A Book of Burlesques
H. L. Mencken
Just above the portico of his house Billie has his xylophone.
Then it paused, and the sonorous voice of the xylophone spoke to the jungle.The Pathless Trail
Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
I played a xylophone and a saxophone and an accordion––all sorts of things.The Cup of Fury
It thrashed its bony arms impatiently and its ribs rattled like a xylophone.Myths And Legends Of Our Own Land, Complete
Charles M. Skinner
- music a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars of graduated length. It is played with hard-headed hammers
C19: from xylo- + -phone
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Word Origin and History for xylophone
1866, coined from Greek xylon "wood" + phone "a sound" (see fame (n.)).
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