viola da gamba

[ vee-oh-luh duh gahm-buh, -gam- ]
/ viˈoʊ lə də ˈgɑm bə, -ˈgæm- /
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noun, plural viola da gambas.

an old musical instrument of the viol family, held on or between the knees: superseded by the modern violoncello; bass viol.
an organ stop of eight-foot pitch giving a stringlike tone.

Nearby words

  1. viol,
  2. viola,
  3. viola clef,
  4. viola d'amore,
  5. viola da braccio,
  6. violable,
  7. violaceous,
  8. violate,
  9. violation,
  10. violative

Origin of viola da gamba

1590–1600; < Italian: literally, viol for the leg

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Examples from the Web for viola da gamba

  • John Nicolaus Bach (No. 9) was a town musician and good performer on the viola-da-gamba.

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British Dictionary definitions for viola da gamba

viola da gamba

/ (vɪˈəʊlə də ˈɡæmbə) /

noun

the second largest and lowest member of the viol familySee viol

Word Origin for viola da gamba

C18: from Italian, literally: viol for the leg

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