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A large wooden percussion instrument with resonators, resembling a xylophone.
[Portuguese, of Bantu origin; akin to Kimbundu ma-rimba : ma-, pl. n. pref. + -rimba, xylophone, hand piano.]
(Instruments) a Latin American percussion instrument consisting of a set of hardwood plates placed over tuned metal resonators, played with two soft-headed sticks in each hand
[C18: of West African origin]
n., pl. -bas.
a musical instrument consisting of a set of graduated wooden bars, often with resonators beneath to reinforce the sound, struck with mallets.
[1695–1705; < Portuguese < Kimbundu or a related Bantu language]
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|Noun||1.||marimba - a percussion instrument with wooden bars tuned to produce a chromatic scale and with resonators; played with small mallets|