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)



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