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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A musical instrument consisting of a hollow gourd or wooden resonator and a number of usually metal strips that vibrate when plucked.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A South African musical instrument allied to the zanze.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun music, in southern Africa 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.

Etymologies

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

[Of Bantu origin; akin to Shona m-bìrà.]

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