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[glok-uh n-speel, -shpeel]
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  1. a musical instrument composed of a set of graduated steel bars mounted in a frame and struck with hammers, used especially in bands.
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Origin of glockenspiel

1815–25; < German, equivalent to Glocken bells + Spiel play
Also called lyra.
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  1. a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned metal plates played with a pair of small hammers
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Word Origin

C19: German, from Glocken bells + Spiel play
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Word Origin and History for glockenspiel


1825, from German Glockenspiel, literally "play of bells," from Glocke "bell" (see clock) + Spiel "a play."

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