[buh-rim-bou; Portuguese bey-reenm-bou]
  1. 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.

Origin of berimbau

1960–65; < Portuguese < Kimbundu mri-rimbau
Also called gun·ga [goo ng-guh; Portuguese goonng-guh] /ˈgʊŋ gə; Portuguese ˈgũŋ gə/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for berimbau


  1. 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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