gam·​bang | \ ˈgäm-ˌbäŋ How to pronounce gambang (audio) \
plural gambangs

Definition of gambang

: an Indonesian instrument like a xylophone with wooden or bamboo bars that rest on an oblong boxlike wooden resonator School children often learn basic music on instruments such as a suling, angklung or gambang.— Sally Heinrich, Key into Indonesia, 2005

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First Known Use of gambang

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gambang

borrowed from Javanese, going back to Old Javanese gambaŋ

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“Gambang.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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