from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A percussion instrument consisting of a mounted row of wooden bars graduated in length to sound a chromatic scale, played with two small mallets.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a musical instrument made of wooden slats graduated so as to make the sounds of the scale when struck with a small drumstick-like hammer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. An instrument to determine the vibrative properties of different kinds of wood.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A musical instrument consisting of a graduated series of wooden bars, often supported on bands of straw, and sounded by means of small wooden hammers or by rubbing with rosined gloves. The tone is often agreeable and effective. Also gigelira, sticcada, and strawfiddle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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”). (Wiktionary)