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

  • n. An African musical instrument in the shape of a wooden box set with metal bars that are plucked with the fingers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of thumb piano, similar to a mbira.


Of Bantu origin; akin to Bemba ka-limba, diminutive of ci-limba, any musical instrument : ci-, noun classifier + -limba, musical instrument.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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