viola da gamba

[vee-oh-luh duh gahm-buh, -gam-]
noun, plural viola da gambas.
an old musical instrument of the viol family, held on or between the knees: superseded by the modern violoncello; bass viol.
an organ stop of eight-foot pitch giving a stringlike tone.

1590–1600; < Italian: literally, viol for the leg Unabridged
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viola da gamba (vɪˈəʊlə də ˈɡæmbə)
See viol the second largest and lowest member of the viol family
[C18: from Italian, literally: viol for the leg]

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Example sentences
Dove sings in the university's opera workshop and plays the cello and viola da gamba.
There are more performances than you can shake a viola da gamba at.
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