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mbira

[ uhm-beer-uh ]
/ əmˈbɪər ə /
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noun
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

mbira
/ (əmˈbiːrə) /

noun
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

Shona
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