idiophone

noun

id·​io·​phone
ˈidēəˌfōn
plural idiophones
: 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
¦⸗⸗⸗¦fänik
adjective

Word History

Etymology

German idiophon, from idio- + -phon -phone

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of idiophone was in 1940

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“Idiophone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/idiophone. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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