Definition of marimba
: a xylophone of southern Africa and Central America with resonators beneath each bar; also : a modern form of this instrument
marimbistplay \-bist\ noun
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There will be drumming and strumming, Zydeco and funk, Morris dancers and marimba.
Melodies Building on top of this substructure, Reznor and Ross spent two days recording ancillary melodies on a Moog Minimoog Voyager , an out-of-tune African marimba, a ukulele , and other instruments.
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Origin and Etymology of marimba
of Bantu origin; akin to Kimbundu marimba xylophone
First Known Use: 1704See Words from the same year
MARIMBA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of marimba for English Language Learners
: a wooden musical instrument that is similar to a xylophone
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