noun ka·lim·ba \kəˈlimbə, kä-\

Definition of kalimba



  1. :  an African thumb piano derived from the zanza

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Origin and Etymology of kalimba

of Bantu origin; akin to Bemba akalimba zanza, Kimbundu marimba xylophone

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