noun \em-ˈbir-ə\

Definition of MBIRA

:  an African musical instrument that consists of a wooden or gourd resonator and a varying number of tuned metal or wooden strips that vibrate when plucked

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Origin of MBIRA

First Known Use: circa 1911

Rhymes with MBIRA


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

African musical instrument consisting of a set of tuned metal or bamboo tongues attached to a board or resonator. The tongues are depressed and released with the thumbs and fingers to produce melodies and song accompaniments. The mbira dates to at least the 16th century in Africa, and it was imported to Latin America by slaves.

Variants of MBIRA

mbira or thumb piano


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