• WordNet 3.6
    • n membranophone a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end
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In science:

Membranophones produce sound with a vibrating membrane over a resonator.
Music in Terms of Science
As with Idiophones, some of the membranophones are pitched (e.g., with the pitch set by tightening or loosing the tension on the membrane) and some are unpitched.
Music in Terms of Science
Based largely on shape, membranophones are divided into several divisions as follows.
Music in Terms of Science
In addition to drums, there is another kind of membranophone, called the singing membranophone, of which the best known type is the kazoo that produce sound by blowing air across a membrane.
Music in Terms of Science