id·​io·​phone | \ ˈidēəˌfōn \
plural idiophones

Definition of idiophone

: 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

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Other Words from idiophone

idiophonic \ ¦⸗⸗⸗¦fänik \ adjective

First Known Use of idiophone

1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for idiophone

German idiophon, from idio- + -phon -phone

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“Idiophone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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