marimba

[muh-rim-buh]
noun
a musical instrument, originating in Africa but popularized and modified in Central America, consisting of a set of graduated wooden bars, often with resonators beneath to reinforce the sound, struck with mallets.

Origin:
1695–1705; < Portuguese < Kimbundu or a related Bantu language; akin to kalimba

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marimba (məˈrɪmbə)
 
n
a Latin American percussion instrument consisting of a set of hardwood plates placed over tuned metal resonators, played with two soft-headed sticks in each hand
 
[C18: of West African origin]

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marimba
1704, from an African language, probably Bantu (cf. Kimbundu and Swahili marimba, malimba "xylophone-like instrument").
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Whether it is being played or not, the marimba is visually appealing.
The correction facility has a marimba band but otherwise do not have much access to live music.
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