bass viol

bass viol

[beys]
noun
1.
viola da gamba.

Origin:
1580–90

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bass viol (beɪs)
 
n
1.  another name for viola da gamba
2.  (US) a less common name for double bass

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bass viol [(veye-uhl)]

The largest and lowest-pitched instrument of the strings, also called a bass fiddle or double bass. The player must stand or sit on a tall stool to play it.

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