[ zahy-luh-fohn ]
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  1. a musical instrument consisting of a graduated series of wooden bars, usually sounded by striking with small wooden hammers.

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Origin of xylophone

First recorded in 1865–70; xylo- + -phone

Other words from xylophone

  • xy·lo·phon·ic [zahy-luh-fon-ik], /ˌzaɪ ləˈfɒn ɪk/, adjective
  • xy·lo·phon·ist [zahy-luh-foh-nist, zahy-lof-uh-nist, zi-], /ˈzaɪ ləˌfoʊ nɪst, zaɪˈlɒf ə nɪst, zɪ-/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for xylophone


/ (ˈzaɪləˌfəʊn) /

  1. music a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars of graduated length. It is played with hard-headed hammers

Origin of xylophone

C19: from xylo- + -phone

Derived forms of xylophone

  • xylophonic (ˌzaɪləˈfɒnɪk), adjective
  • xylophonist (zaɪˈlɒfənɪst), noun

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