chor·​do·​phone | \ ˈkȯrdəˌfōn \
plural chordophones

Definition of chordophone

: any of a class of musical instruments (such as a guitar or piano) whose sound is generated by plucking, bowing, or striking stretched strings : stringed instrument — compare aerophone, electrophone, idiophone, lamellophone, membranophone

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Other Words from chordophone

chordophonic \ ¦⸗⸗¦fänik \ adjective

First Known Use of chordophone

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chordophone

International Scientific Vocabulary chord- + -phone

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“Chordophone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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