mbira

mbira

[uhm-beer-uh]
noun
a musical instrument of Africa usually made out of a gourd that serves as a resonating box, to which vibrating metal or wooden strips are attached for plucking.

Origin:
1905–10; < Shona

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mbira (əmˈbiːrə)
 
n
Also called: thumb piano an African musical instrument consisting of tuned metal strips attached to a resonating box, which are plucked with the thumbs
 
[Shona]

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