A percussion instrument of Chinese origin, consisting of a great, round, thick disk of metal suspended in a frame and struck with a padded stick. When it is struck it produces a very loud sound with a fundamental note and rich overtones. Even though the gong produces a fundamental pitch, it is typically considered a non-pitched instrument.
See also tam-tam.
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