didgeridoo

noun
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 The flaccid pouch at his neck tumesces with song, sharp little honks that sound like didgeridoo notes. Anna Peele, Washington Post, "The Gray Cockatoo Is Lonely Without You," 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, "Melbourne Orchestra brings sense of several places to Kennedy Center," 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, "Lose fat in your tongue to improve sleep apnea, study says," 10 Jan. 2020 Less noticed, though, was this revelation: Pete Buttigieg plays the didgeridoo. Washington Post, "Pete Buttigieg plays the didgeridoo and other unexpected musical talents of the 2020 candidates," 7 Aug. 2019 The tectonic buzz and growl of a didgeridoo, played with athletic skill by Harry Wilson, parleyed with the music, then settled beneath it like bedrock. Matthew Guerrieri, Washington Post, "Melbourne Orchestra brings sense of several places to Kennedy Center," 17 Oct. 2019 Less noticed, though, was this revelation: Pete Buttigieg plays the didgeridoo. Washington Post, "Pete Buttigieg plays the didgeridoo and other unexpected musical talents of the 2020 candidates," 7 Aug. 2019 Less noticed, though, was this revelation: Pete Buttigieg plays the didgeridoo. Washington Post, "Pete Buttigieg plays the didgeridoo and other unexpected musical talents of the 2020 candidates," 7 Aug. 2019 The young children were entertained by Thomas’ performance and in the end, several lucky children got the chance to play the didgeridoo themselves in front of the crowd. Michael Walsh, courant.com, "Avon Library Crowd Learns All About Australia," 7 Aug. 2019

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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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“Didgeridoo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/didgeridoo. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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