didgeridoo

noun
did·​ger·​i·​doo | \ˈdi-jə-rē-ˌdü, ˌdi-jə-rē-ˈ\
variants: or less commonly didjeridoo

Definition of didgeridoo 

: a large bamboo or wooden trumpet of the Australian aborigines

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Proud as a fish in a didgeridoo, this definitely did got good, got sooo good. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "“The Kissing Booth” Star Joey King Walks the 2018 Teen Choice Awards Red Carpet Without Her Bae, Jacob Elordi," 12 Aug. 2018 As the night went on and people stretched out on the grass or took one of the available canoes out on the water, lectures gave way to ambient music that sounded of whale calls and didgeridoos. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "Vacation in Portugal the Less-Obvious Way," 10 Aug. 2018 With gongs, crystal bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, Native American flute, didgeridoo, Celtic Harp, monochord, vibraphone. San Francisco Chronicle, "Classical music and dance listings," 24 May 2018 Play your didgeridoo, Blue The night started like any good research presentation does—with a musical performance. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Science after hours: Barney’s aquatic traits and how pregnant women stay upright," 24 Feb. 2018 Alex Suarez, the 2017 Ig Nobel Peace Prize winner, took the stage in his traditional performance robe and unleashed his custom didgeridoo on an unexpecting audience. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Science after hours: Barney’s aquatic traits and how pregnant women stay upright," 24 Feb. 2018 His didgeridoo/apnea quest continues today, as Suarez notes that 50 percent of people snore and roughly 10 percent of that population could suffer apnea. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Science after hours: Barney’s aquatic traits and how pregnant women stay upright," 24 Feb. 2018 Practicing the didgeridoo may strengthen the muscles of people’s airways, the scientists say, making them less likely to collapse during sleep and helping snorers—and their partners—rest easy. Giorgia Guglielmi, Science | AAAS, "Cats that behave like liquids, tampons that play music, and other ‘advances’ honored with Ig Nobel Prizes," 15 Sep. 2017 Peter Evans plays the trumpet like a homing device, a percussion instrument, a didgeridoo, or distant bird call. New York Times, "Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week," 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of didgeridoo

1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for didgeridoo

probably of imitative origin

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