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: 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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1940, in the meaning defined above
German idiophon, from idio- + -phon -phone
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