from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An African musical instrument consisting of a hollow gourd or wooden resonator and a number of usually metal strips that vibrate when plucked.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several musical instruments, similar to a marimba, having a small sound box fitted with a row of tuned tabs that are plucked with the thumbs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A South African musical instrument allied to the zanze.
Of Bantu origin; akin to Shona m-bìrà.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)