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tromba marina

[trom-buh muh-ree-nuh; Italian trawm-bah mah-ree-nah] /ˈtrɒm bə məˈri nə; Italian ˈtrɔm bɑ mɑˈri nɑ/
noun, plural trombe marine
[trom-bey muh-ree-ney; Italian trawm-be mah-ree-ne] /ˈtrɒm beɪ məˈri neɪ; Italian ˈtrɔm bɛ mɑˈri nɛ/ (Show IPA)
Origin
< Italian: literally, marine trumpet (literal sense unclear); cf. trombone
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tromba marina

/ˈtrɒmbə məˈriːnə/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
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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