viola da gamba
[ vee-oh-luh duh -gahm-buh, -gam- ]
/ viˈoʊ lə də ˈgɑm bə, -ˈgæm- /
noun, plural viola da gambas.
Also called gamba [gahm-buh, gam-] /ˈgɑm bə, ˈgæm-/ . an old musical instrument of the viol family, held on or between the knees: superseded by the modern violoncello; bass viol.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.
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Origin of viola da gamba
First recorded 1590–1600; from Italian: literally, “viol for the leg”
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British Dictionary definitions for viola da gamba
viola da gamba
/ (vɪˈəʊlə də ˈɡæmbə) /
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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