gong chime


Definition of gong chime

: any of a class of chiefly southeast Asian musical instruments (such as the bonang or kulintang) consisting of a set of pot-shaped bossed gongs of definite pitch that are normally played with the open side down and suspended on a frame The gong chime is found in several countries, and consists of a number of gongs tuned according to the varying scales used.— James Holland, Percussion, 1981

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First Known Use of gong chime

1891, in the meaning defined above

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“Gong chime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gong%20chime. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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