A large xylophone with hollow gourds as resonators, used in West African music.
Via French from Manding bala ‘xylophone’ + fo ‘to play’.
“You could hear the balafon resonating across the crowd.”
Something or someone that one vehemently dislikes/ A strong curse.
Early 16th century: from ecclesiastical Latin, ‘excommunicated person, excommunication’, from Greek anathema ‘thing dedicated’, (later) ‘thing devoted to evil, accursed thing’, from anatithenai ‘to set up’.