One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A percussion instrument similar to a Turkish crescent, consisting of a frame from which hang a number of small bells.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in John Stainer (1840–1901), musicologist and composer. From French pavillon chinois from pavillon + chinois.
pavillon chinois/ˌpavɪjɒ̃ ʃiːˈnwɑː//ˌpavɪjɒ̃ ˈʃiːnwɑː/
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