Definition of idiophone in English:

idiophone

Line breaks: idio|phone
Pronunciation: /ˈɪdɪə(ʊ)fəʊn
 
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noun

Music
  • An instrument the whole of which vibrates to produce a sound when struck, shaken, or scraped, such as a bell, gong, or rattle. Compare with membranophone.
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    • In organology, percussion instruments are divided into membranophones (those on which sound is produced by a vibrating membrane) and idiophones (instruments of hard, solid material, e.g. cymbals and xylophones).
    • The bones are one of several types of clappers, all of which are concussion idiophones and are classified as percussion musical instruments.
    • Thus the kora and balo are played exclusively by male jeli, and karinya, an idiophone, is played only by jelimuso (female bards).

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