ma·​lim·​ba | \ mə-ˈlim-bə How to pronounce malimba (audio) \
variants: or less commonly marimba \ mə-​ˈrim-​bə How to pronounce malimba (audio) \
plural malimbas also marimbas

Definition of malimba

: a small thumb piano of Tanzania or Malawi … box-resonated lamellophones such as … the malimba— Gerhard Kubik, Theory of African Music, 1994

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First Known Use of malimba

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Malimba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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