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A percussion instrument similar to a marimba but having metal bars and rotating disks in the resonators to produce a vibrato. Also called vibraharp.
[Latin vibrāre, to shake; see vibrate + -phone.]
(Instruments) a percussion instrument, used esp in jazz, consisting of a set of metal bars placed over tubular metal resonators, which are made to vibrate electronically
ˈvibraˌphonist, ˈvibraˌharpist n
a musical percussion instrument resembling a xylophone and having metal bars struck with mallets and electrically powered resonators to sustain the tone and create a vibrato. Also called vibraharp.
[1925–30; < Latin vibrā(re) to shake + -phone]
vi•bra•phon•ist (ˈvaɪ brəˌfoʊ nɪst, vaɪˈbrɒf ə-) n.
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