flex·​a·​tone | \ ˈflek-sə-ˌtōn How to pronounce flexatone (audio) \
plural flexatones

Definition of flexatone

: a small percussion instrument consisting of a tapered blade of flexible metal mounted in a wire frame which when the frame is shaken is struck alternately by two balls attached at the end of springy metal strips on either side of the sheet and whose pitch can be changed by thumb pressure on the blade

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First Known Use of flexatone

1924, in the meaning defined above

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“Flexatone.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flexatone. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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