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Who invented the xylophone?

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There's no specific person who has been identified as the inventor of the xylophone. Xylophones can be traced back to being invented in both Asia and Africa. A little evidence suggests that the instrument originated in Indonesia; however, most experts disregard the evidence.

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Who invented the xylophone?
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The xylophone has been traced back to the 9th century in Southeast Asia. Even though the xylophone has been around for thousands of years, its first entry into a dictionary occurred in the 19th century. In Greek, xylophone means "wooden sound." Some modern xylophones have metal bars that are struck with a mallet to produce sound. However, ancient versions were made of wood.

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