mbira

play
noun mbi·ra \em-ˈbir-ə\

Definition of mbira

  1. :  an African musical instrument that consists of a wooden or gourd resonator and a varying number of tuned metal or wooden strips that vibrate when plucked

Illustration of mbira

Origin and Etymology of mbira

Shona


First Known Use: circa 1911


Learn More about mbira


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up mbira? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to search out and expose misconduct

Get Word of the Day daily email!