ke·​nong ˈke-ˌnȯŋ How to pronounce kenong (audio)
plural kenong or kenongs
: a Southeast Asian gong chime of definite pitch in which each individual gong is set with its open side down on ropes within a square boxlike resonator
In slow music it is often the practice to delay both the kenong and gong strokes until slightly after the beat.Neil Sorrell, A Guide to the Gamelan, 1990

Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kenong was in 1877

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“Kenong.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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