membranophone

noun

mem·​bra·​no·​phone
memˈbrānəˌfōn
plural membranophones
: any of a class of musical instruments (such as a drum or kazoo) whose sound is generated by striking, rubbing, or singing into a stretched membrane compare aerophone, chordophone, electrophone, idiophone, lamellophone
membranophonic
(¦)mem¦brānə¦fänik
adjective

Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary membran- + -phone

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of membranophone was in 1927

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“Membranophone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/membranophone. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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