idiophone

noun id·io·phone \ˈidēəˌfōn\

Definition of idiophone

plural

idiophones

  1. :  any of a class of musical instruments (such as a bell or gong) whose sound is generated by striking, rubbing, plucking, or blowing the material of the instrument itself not under any special tension — compare aerophone, chordophone, electrophone, lamellophone, membranophone

idiophonic

adjective

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Origin and Etymology of idiophone

German idiophon, from idio- + -phon -phone


First Known Use: 1940


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