marimba

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noun ma·rim·ba \mə-ˈrim-bə\

Definition of marimba

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

marimbist

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Origin and Etymology of marimba

of Bantu origin; akin to Kimbundu marimba xylophone


First Known Use: 1704


MARIMBA Defined for English Language Learners

marimba

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noun ma·rim·ba \mə-ˈrim-bə\

Definition of marimba for English Language Learners

  • : a wooden musical instrument that is similar to a xylophone


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