ang·​klung | \ ˈäŋ-ˌklüŋ How to pronounce angklung (audio) \
variants: or less commonly anklung or anklong
plural angklungs also anklungs or anklongs

Definition of angklung

: a percussion instrument of Indonesia and Malaysia consisting of a frame holding vertical bamboo tubes of different lengths and pitches which are struck with mallets or shaken

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First Known Use of angklung

1820, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for angklung

borrowed from Javanese or Sundanese angklung (phonetically aŋkluŋ); ankloung borrowed from French, borrowed from Dutch ankloeng, borrowed from Javanese or Sundanese

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“Angklung.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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