ma·​rim·​ba | \ mə-ˈrim-bə How to pronounce marimba (audio) \

Definition of marimba

: a xylophone of southern Africa and Central America with resonators beneath each bar also : a modern form of this instrument

Other Words from marimba

marimbist \ mə-​ˈrim-​bist How to pronounce marimba (audio) \ noun

Examples of marimba in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Others played drums and marimba, a traditional instrument of wooden bars played using mallets. Farai Mutsaka, ajc, 17 July 2022 At a nearby table, Boris Mellado, 50, his wife, Mardy, 47, and his mother-in-law, Berta Mendez, 71, watched a marimba band set up for a live performance. Ruben Vives Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2021 Hailing from Mexico City, Son Rompe Pera is quite likely the only band around that uses a marimba as its lead instrument while fusing punk, garage-rock and Jamaican ska with Colombian cumbia music. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2022 The area includes a wheelchair-accessible labyrinth, a wooden marimba to stimulate auditory senses, and raised copper animals on the benches for kids to touch. Anthony Cammalleri,, 13 May 2022 The album also featured the 16-stringed surrogate kithara, the 847-pound marimba eroica and other one-of-a-kind instruments created and built by the late composer Harry Partch. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Apr. 2022 The drum and marimba pound while the suns dance, change color and even dangle menacingly over the audience—their combined heat makes the Earth burn and die. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 Four artists on vibraphone and marimba near the conductor and two pianos tapped out mesmerizing patterns, falling in and out synch with wave-like orchestral surges. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 6 Feb. 2022 Categories include music education, brass, classical guitar, organ, piano, marimba/classical steel drum, strings, voice and woodwinds. Marc Bona, cleveland, 31 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of marimba

1704, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marimba

of Bantu origin; akin to Kimbundu marimba xylophone

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“Marimba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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