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.”
Pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, especially in a way that is intended to impress.
Late 16th century: from Latin grandiloquus, literally ‘grand-speaking’, from grandis ‘grand’ + loqui ‘speak’. The ending was altered in English by association with eloquent.