balafon

noun bal·a·fon \ ˈba-lə-ˌfōn , -ˌfän \
variants: or less commonly balafo \ˈba-lə-fō\ or balaphon \ˈba-lə-ˌfōn, -ˌfän\

Definition of balafon

plural balafons also balafos or balaphons
: a West African xylophone with gourd resonators

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Origin and Etymology of balafon

French & Bambara; French balafon, from Bambara balafo to play the xylophone, from bala xylophone


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