viola da gamba


vi·o·la da gam·ba

noun \vē-ˌō-lə-də-ˈgäm-bə, -ˈgam-\
plural vi·o·las da gamba \-ləz-də-\ or vi·o·le da gamba \-(ˌ)lā-\

Definition of VIOLA DA GAMBA

:  a bass member of the viol family having a range approximating the cello
vi·o·list da gamba \-lis(t)-də-\ noun

Origin of VIOLA DA GAMBA

Italian, leg viol
First Known Use: 1597

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