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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See double bass.
  • n. See viola da gamba.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fretted, bowed, stringed musical instrument from the viola da gamba family. It occupies the bass range and is the lowest instrument in the family. Similar to (but smaller than) a cello.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A stringed instrument of the viol family, used for playing bass. See 3d bass, n., and violoncello.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. viol that is the bass member of the viol family with approximately the range of the cello
  • n. largest and lowest member of the violin family

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