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viola da gamba

play
noun vi·o·la da gam·ba \vē-ˌō-lə-də-ˈgäm-bə, -ˈgam-\

Definition of viola da gamba

plural violas da gamba play \-ləz-də-\ or viole da gamba play \-(ˌ)lā-\

  1. :  a bass member of the viol family having a range approximating the cello

violist da gamba play \-lis(t)-də-\ noun


Origin of viola da gamba

Italian, leg viol


First Known Use: 1597


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