Balafon meaning

bälə-fōn
A large, usually pentatonic xylophone of West African origin, consisting of resonating gourds of graduated sizes under wooden bars which are struck with mallets.
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Origin of balafon

  • French balafon from Maninka bala fↄ to play the balafon (from bala balafon) (fↄ to say, speak, play an instrument) or from a kindred source in another Mande language

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition