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mbira

[uh m-beer-uh] /əmˈbɪər ə/
noun
1.
a musical instrument of Africa usually made out of a gourd that serves as a resonating box, to which vibrating metal or wooden strips are attached for plucking.
Origin of mbira
1905-1910
Borrowed into English from Shona around 1905-10
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mbira

/əmˈbiːrə/
noun
1.
an African musical instrument consisting of tuned metal strips attached to a resonating box, which are plucked with the thumbs Also called thumb piano
Word Origin
Shona
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