viola da gamba

[vee-oh-luh duh gahm-buh, -gam-]
noun, plural viola da gambas.
  1. an old musical instrument of the viol family, held on or between the knees: superseded by the modern violoncello; bass viol.
  2. an organ stop of eight-foot pitch giving a stringlike tone.

Origin of viola da gamba

1590–1600; < Italian: literally, viol for the leg
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Historical Examples of viola da gamba

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

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    Charles Francis Abdy Williams


British Dictionary definitions for viola da gamba

viola da gamba

noun
  1. 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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