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marimba

[ muh-rim-buh ]
/ məˈrɪm bə /
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noun

a musical instrument, originating in Africa but popularized and modified in Central America, consisting of a set of graduated wooden bars, often with resonators beneath to reinforce the sound, struck with mallets.

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Origin of marimba

1695–1705; <Portuguese <Kimbundu or a related Bantu language; akin to kalimba
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British Dictionary definitions for marimba

marimba
/ (məˈrɪmbə) /

noun

a Latin American percussion instrument consisting of a set of hardwood plates placed over tuned metal resonators, played with two soft-headed sticks in each hand
C18: of West African origin
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