[ uhm-bee-luh ]

  1. a xylophone of southern African origin having graduated wooden keys, traditionally attached to hollow gourd resonators, and played with rubber-headed mallets, often in a group.

Origin of mbila

First recorded in 1925–30; from Venda (Bantu language of the Transvaal and Zimbabwe); cf. mbira
  • Also Older Use, am·bi·ra [am-beer-uh] /æmˈbɪər ə/ .

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