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A xylophone


From xylo- (of wood) +‎ -phone (sound).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈzaɪ.lə.ˌfəʊn/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈzaɪləˌfoʊn/
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  • Hyphenation: xy‧lo‧phone


xylophone (plural xylophones)

  1. (music) Any musical instrument (percussion idiophone) made of wooden slats graduated so as to make the sounds of the scale when struck with a small drumstick-like mallet; the standard Western concert xylophone or one of its derivatives.
    All I know how to play on my xylophone is "Mary Had a Little Lamb". Would you like to hear it?

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xylophone (third-person singular simple present xylophones, present participle xylophoning, simple past and past participle xylophoned)

  1. To play a xylophone or to play something else as though it was a xylophone.
  2. To move above a ridged surface or series of surfaces so as to hit every ridge, in a manner similar to playing quickly and sequentially on a xylophone.
    • 2002, Amu Nnadi, The Fire Within: Poetry : Includes the Abiola Manuscript:
      my eager fingers xylophoning over the memories
    • 2010 October 26, Barrie Summy, I So Don't Do Spooky, Yearling, →ISBN, page 27:
      Like a cat, I arch into the back of the bench, my spine xylophoning along the slats while the tension of the day slowly drains out of me. I'm totally chill and mellow.
    • 2015 July 7, Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus, Trollhunters: The Book That Inspired the Netflix Animated Series TROLLHUNTERS!, Disney Electronic Content, →ISBN:
      The others waged active war, claws xylophoning across Jack's pinwheeling swords.
    • 2020 August 4, George A. Romero, Daniel Kraus, The Living Dead, Tor Books, →ISBN:
      His right hand, the good one, found one of Glass's ankles, pulled. Glass fell, her ulna, clavicle, pevis, and kneecap xylophoning along stair edges.




From xylo- +‎ -phone.


  • IPA(key): /ɡzi.lɔ.fɔn/, /ksi.lɔ.fɔn/
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xylophone m (plural xylophones)

  1. xylophone


  • Russian: ксилофо́н (ksilofón) (see there for further descendants)
  • Romanian: xilofon
  • Turkish: ksilofon

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