lith·​o·​phone | \ ˈli-thə-ˌfōn How to pronounce lithophone (audio) \
plural lithophones

Definition of lithophone

: any of a class of percussion instruments (such as the qing) that are made of stone and whose sound is produced by striking These ancient lithophones were clearly tuned by flaking and yield two sonorous pentatonic scales.— Thomas D. Rossing, Science of Percussion Instruments, 2000 — compare crystallophone, metallophone

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lithophonic adjective

First Known Use of lithophone

1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Lithophone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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