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viola da gamba

[vee-oh-luh duh gahm-buh, -gam-] /viˈoʊ lə də ˈgɑm bə, -ˈgæm-/
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an old musical instrument of the viol family, held on or between the knees: superseded by the modern violoncello; bass viol.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.
Origin of viola da gamba
1590-1600; < Italian: literally, viol for the leg Unabridged
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  • John Nicolaus Bach (No. 9) was a town musician and good performer on the viola-da-gamba.

    Bach Charles Francis Abdy Williams
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viola da gamba

/vɪˈəʊlə də ˈɡæmbə/
the second largest and lowest member of the viol family See viol
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, literally: viol for the leg
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