xylophone

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

Origin of xylophone

First recorded in 1865–70; xylo- + -phone
Related formsxy·lo·phon·ic [zahy-luh-fon-ik] /ˌzaɪ ləˈfɒn ɪk/, adjectivexy·lo·phon·ist [zahy-luh-foh-nist, zahy-lof-uh-nist, zi-] /ˈzaɪ ləˌfoʊ nɪst, zaɪˈlɒf ə nɪst, zɪ-/, noun
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Related Words for xylophone

carillon, vibraphone, marimba

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Contemporary Examples of xylophone

  • After much thought and reflection, I have decided to pursue my first loves--modern dance and the xylophone.

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    Laura Ingraham Temporarily Off-Air

    David Frum

    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.

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    Live Nude Girl Bares All

    Lizzie Stark

    February 20, 2009

Historical Examples of xylophone


British Dictionary definitions for xylophone

xylophone

noun
  1. music a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars of graduated length. It is played with hard-headed hammers
Derived Formsxylophonic (ˌzaɪləˈfɒnɪk), adjectivexylophonist (zaɪˈlɒfənɪst), noun

Word Origin for xylophone

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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