MEANING: noun: Any of various musical instruments in which sound is produced by striking pieces of stone.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek litho- (stone) + -phone (sound). Earliest documented use: 1889.

LITHOPRONE - given to forming kidney and gall-bladder stones

LITHOPHONY - rocks made of papier-maché but painted

LITHOPHANE - a thin layer of wrapping material that you can't unfold or tear open or even see through, for wrapping packs of guaranteed-safe cigarettes

LITHOSHONE - very highly polished marble