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thumb piano

n.
An African musical instrument, such as the mbira, that has a small sound box fitted with a row of tuned tabs that are plucked with the thumbs.

thumb piano

n
(Instruments) another name for mbira

thumb′ pian′o


n.
any of various African boxlike musical instruments having tuned strips of metal or wood that vibrate when played with the thumbs.
[1940–45]
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