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berimbau

[ buh-rim-bou; Portuguese bey-reenm-bou ]
/ bəˈrɪm baʊ; Portuguese beɪˈrĩm baʊ /
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noun

a musical instrument consisting of a steel string on a bow-shaped wooden pole, with a gourd resonator attached to its base, the string being struck with a stick.

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Also called gun·ga [goong-guh; Portuguese goonng-guh]. /ˈgʊŋ gə; Portuguese ˈgũŋ gə/.

Origin of berimbau

1960–65; <Portuguese <Kimbundu mri-rimbau
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British Dictionary definitions for berimbau

berimbau
/ (Portuguese berɪ̃ˈbau) /

noun

a Brazilian single-stringed bowed instrument, used to accompany capoeira

Word Origin for berimbau

from the quimbundo (an Angolan language) word mbirimbau
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