did·​ger·​i·​doo ˈdi-jə-rē-ˌdü How to pronounce didgeridoo (audio)
variants or less commonly didjeridoo
: a large bamboo or wooden trumpet of the Australian aborigines

Illustration of didgeridoo

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Examples of didgeridoo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vibrating captions The movie opens with a caption about how spice is life, underscored by something that sounds like didgeridoo, deep and thrumming. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 2 Mar. 2024 Fletcher’s thrumming, didgeridoo voice—violently tuneless when singing and melodic in speech—is a counterpoint to Fliakos’s light, almost nasal timbre; Niall Cunningham and Andrew Maillet, as the President’s assistants, are their balancing male pair. Helen Shaw, The New Yorker, 13 Apr. 2024 Located in a former mayonnaise factory, and famous for its sunken reflecting pool, Galapagos Art Space attracts crowds who might encounter a poetry slam or a musician blowing into a didgeridoo. New York Times, 29 Jan. 2024 There’s also a subtle international flavor to the album, with a diverse range of instrumentation including didgeridoo, Uillean pipes and tanpura. Al Shipley, SPIN, 14 Feb. 2024 The didgeridoo is an iconic instrument associated with Australian Aboriginal culture that produces a single, low-pitched droning note that can be continuously sustained by skilled players. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 29 Dec. 2023 On a recent Wednesday, a Chinese fire dancer gyrated to the drone of a didgeridoo, an Indigenous Australian instrument, in the courtyard of an Israeli musician’s home. Gilles Sabrié Vivian Wang, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2024 Coupling with the human vocal tract Meanwhile, John Smith of the University of New South Wales is equally intrigued by the physics and acoustics of the didgeridoo. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 29 Dec. 2023 Participants in the didgeridoo group practised an average of 5.9 days a week (SD 0.86) for 25.3 minutes (SD 3.4). Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2019

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Word History


probably of imitative origin

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of didgeridoo was in 1919

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“Didgeridoo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/didgeridoo. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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