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[dij-uh-ree-doo, dij-uh-ree-doo] /ˌdɪdʒ ə riˈdu, ˈdɪdʒ ə riˌdu/
noun, plural didgeridoos.
a musical instrument of Australian Aborigines made from a long wooden tube that is blown into to create a low drone.
Also, didjeridoo.
1915-20; < an Aboriginal language of N Australia Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for didgeridoo


(music) a deep-toned native Australian wind instrument made from a long hollowed-out piece of wood
Word Origin
C20: imitative of its sound
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Word Origin and History for didgeridoo

1924, Australian, of imitative origin.

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Encyclopedia Article for didgeridoo

wind instrument in the form of a straight wooden trumpet. The instrument is made from a hollow tree branch, traditionally eucalyptus wood or ironwood, and is about 1.5 metres (5 feet) long. Decorated ceremonial varieties, however, may be two or three times longer. Modern instruments may be made from a metal or plastic tube

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