Word of the Day – Balafon

By July 17, 2017Word of the Day

Balafon (noun)

bal-u-fon

A large xylophone with hollow gourds as resonators, used in West African music.

Via French from Manding bala ‘xylophone’ + fo ‘to play’.

Example sentences

“You could hear the balafon resonating across the crowd.”

Word of the Day – Vestibule

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Vestibule (noun)

ves-tib-ool

An antechamber, hall, or lobby next to the outer door of a building.

Early 17th century (denoting the space in front of the main entrance of a classical Roman or Greek building): from French, or from Latin vestibulum ‘entrance court’.

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