/ zaɪləfoʊn /
Množina reči xylophone je xylophones.
ETYM Xylo- + Greek phone sound.
Musical percussion instrument of African and Indonesian origin, consisting of a series of resonant hardwood bars of varying lengths, each with its own distinct pitch, arranged in sequence and played with hard sticks. It first appeared as an orchestral instrument in Saint-Saëns’ Danse macabre 1874, illustrating dancing skeletons.
1. An instrument common among the Russians, Poles, and Tartars, consisting of a series of strips of wood or glass graduated in length to the musical scale, resting on belts of straw, and struck with two small hammers.
2. An instrument to determine the vibrative properties of different kinds of wood.