lithophone

noun

lith·​o·​phone ˈli-thə-ˌfōn How to pronounce lithophone (audio)
plural lithophones
: 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
lithophonic adjective

Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lithophone was in 1977

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“Lithophone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lithophone. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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