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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Xy"lo*phone
  1. [Mus] 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. Called in Germany strohfiedel, or straw fiddle.
  2. An instrument to determine the vibrative properties of different kinds of wood.

Etymology: Xylo- + Gr. fwnh` sound

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  1. A percussion instrument with wooden bars tuned to produce a chromatic scale and with resonators; played with small mallets

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

  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 is "Mary Had a Little Lamb". Would you like to hear it?

xylophone was also found in the following language(s): French

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Past life for Xylophone born Dec 23, 1944

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Siberia approximately on 1500. Your profession was designer, engineering, and craftsman.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. You fulfill your lesson by helping old folks and children. You came to that life to learn to care about weak and helpless.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.