did·​ger·​i·​doo | \ ˈdi-jə-rē-ˌdü How to pronounce didgeridoo (audio) , ˌdi-jə-rē-ˈdü \
variants: or less commonly didjeridoo

Definition of didgeridoo

: a large bamboo or wooden trumpet of the Australian aborigines

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Examples of didgeridoo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In concert, the band also incorporates uncommon instrumentation, such as a garmoshka (a button accordion), a didgeridoo and the bugay, a cone-shaped drum that makes a deep, resonating sound similar to the mating call of a bittern, or wading bird. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 An accomplished didgeridoo player, Gulpilil mixed with Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley. Rod Mcguirk, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2021 Johanna Morrow plays the didgeridoo during a memorial service for Justine Damond on Aug. 11, 2017 at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. NBC News, 15 Sep. 2021 Audi engineers did try various devices—including a didgeridoo—to give their electric sedans a soundtrack. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 4 Aug. 2021 Carrying just a single tube that housed his didgeridoo off the plane, the 20-year-old had already devoured Helgeland’s script and had feedback ready. Ashley Spencer, Vulture, 11 May 2021 The flaccid pouch at his neck tumesces with song, sharp little honks that sound like didgeridoo notes. Anna Peele, Washington Post, 24 June 2020 Wilson offered a solo encore, demonstrating the didgeridoo’s additional range and in a way crystallizing the distinctive aspects of the concert. Matthew Guerrieri, Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2019 For example, small studies have shown that playing wind instruments and the Australian didgeridoo have shown promise as an alternative treatment for those who cannot manage a CPAP machine. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 10 Jan. 2020 See More

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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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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 16 May. 2022.

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