noun \mə-ˈrim-bə\

: a wooden musical instrument that is similar to a xylophone

Full Definition of MARIMBA

:  a xylophone of southern Africa and Central America with resonators beneath each bar; also :  a modern form of this instrument
ma·rim·bist \-bist\ noun

Origin of MARIMBA

of Bantu origin; akin to Kimbundu marimba xylophone
First Known Use: 1704


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Xylophone with resonators under each bar. The original African instrument uses tuned calabash resonators. In Mexico and Central America, where it was brought by African slaves, the wooden bars may be affixed to a frame supported by legs or hung at the player's waist. The orchestral marimba uses long metal tubes as resonators.


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