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Answer for the clue "Its first notable orchestral use was in Saint-Saëns' "Danse Macabre" ", 9 letters:
xylophone

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Word definitions for xylophone in dictionaries

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. a percussion instrument with wooden bars tuned to produce a chromatic scale and with resonators; played with small mallets [syn: marimba ]

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Word definitions in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
noun EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS ▪ Emma was experimenting with atonal motifs on a xylophone and Vicky had been given a doll but had pulled the arm off. ▪ It can only be a matter of time before some one buys Ronan's Fisher Price xylophone . ▪ Ribs like a xylophone ...

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1866, coined from Greek xylon "wood" (see xylo- ) + phone "a sound" (see fame (n.)).

Usage examples of xylophone.

High mountain flutes, jazz and bebop, one-stringed Mongol instruments, gypsy xylophones, African drums, Arab bagpipes.

The free-form jazz of the Communist coffeehouse band was getting on his nerves-the fucking xylophone player was chopping away as if he were making sukiyaki at Benihana of Tokyo-and the smell of sauerkraut would float over from the hotdog stand every now and then to torment him.

Carrying the guitar she did not feel out of place, for many others carried pipes, fiddles, concertinas, xylophones, and drums.

A loudspeaker down the hall gave those xylophone dings that meant God knows what all the time.

The housekeeper's little skivvy, that she keeps to fetch, carry and lick boot, just topping the tea-cup up with old Jamaica, all hell breaks loose below stairs as if a Chinese orchestra started up its woodblocks and xylophones, crash, wallop.

We found some drums, which Quincy claimed to be able to beat on, and one of those vertical xylophone things, which Eva said was close enough to a hammer dulcimer for her to fake it.

It had a lot of harps and harpsichords and carillons and xylophones in it.

Stadler leaped to stop him—but Meigs shoved him aside with one arm, gave a gulp of laughter at the sight of Stadler falling to the floor, and, with the other arm, yanked a lever of the Xylophone.

Music for the dances came from tambourines and crude xylophones, the rhythm being maintained by the monotonic beat of the tom-tom.

Awe-inspiring in their chasubles of Anglo-Nubian fur, in their tiaras of gilded horns, Patriarchs and Archi­mandrites, Presbyters and Postulants stand in two groups at the head of the altar steps, chanting anti-phonally in a high treble to the music of bone recorders and a battery of xylophones.