tromba marina

tromba marina

[trom-buh muh-ree-nuh; Italian trawm-bah mah-ree-nah]
noun, plural trombe marine [trom-bey muh-ree-ney; Italian trawm-be mah-ree-ne] .

Origin:
< Italian: literally, marine trumpet (literal sense unclear); cf. trombone

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tromba marina (ˈtrɒmbə məˈriːnə)
 
n
an obsolete viol with a long thin body and a single string. It resembled the natural trumpet in its range of notes (limited to harmonics) and its tone
 
[from Italian, literally: marine trumpet]

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tromba marina

stringed musical instrument of medieval and Renaissance Europe, highly popular in the 15th century and surviving into the 18th century. It had a long narrow body and one or two strings, which the player's left thumb touched lightly to produce the notes of the harmonic series, as on a natural trumpet. The strings, originally plucked, were by the 15th century sounded by a bow played between the fingering and the tuning pegs.

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