be·​rim·​bau | \ bā-ˈrēm-ˌbau̇ \

Definition of berimbau

: a musical instrument of Brazil that consists of a gourd resonator and a single string which is struck with a stick

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First Known Use of berimbau

1964, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for berimbau

Brazilian Portuguese, from Portuguese, Jew's harp

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“Berimbau.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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