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percussion instrument a musical instrument that is sounded when some part of it is struck. Pianos, drums, cymbals, and xylophones are percussion instruments.
stringed instrument any musical instrument that is sounded by bowing, plucking, or strumming the strings. Violins, guitars, and zithers are some stringed instruments.
wind instrument a musical instrument that is sounded by the force of air blown into it. Flutes, trumpets, and clarinets are some wind instruments.