[ uhm-beer-uh ]
/ əmˈbɪər ə /
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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.
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Origin of mbira
Borrowed into English from Shona around 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for mbira
/ (əmˈbiːrə) /
an African musical instrument consisting of tuned metal strips attached to a resonating box, which are plucked with the thumbsAlso called: thumb piano
Word Origin for mbira
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012