me·​tal·​lo·​phone mə-ˈta-lə-ˌfōn How to pronounce metallophone (audio)
: a percussion musical instrument consisting of a series of metal bars of varying pitch struck with hammers

Examples of metallophone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The harmony will be enriched with Native American flute, acoustic guitar, metallophone and crystal bowls along with vocals. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Aug. 2019 Elsewhere Ibarra employs liquid-sounding gongs and other metallophones. John Adamian,, 14 Apr. 2018 Plans call for four large percussion instruments — contrabrass chimes, xylophones, metallophone and swirl chimes — to be installed at the top of Rotary Hill near Aurora Avenue. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, 14 Mar. 2018 The first of four shows on a festival staggered through May, the opener includes performances by the Northern California Gagaku Group, Euphotic, Soo Yeon Lyuh and Pet the Tiger, with someone playing a metallophone built by Leon Schneiderman. Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of metallophone was in 1883

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“Metallophone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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