viola da gamba

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viola da gam·ba

 (gäm′bə, găm′-)
n.
1. A stringed instrument, the bass of the viol family, with approximately the range of the cello. Also called bass viol, gamba, viol.
2. An organ stop of eight-foot pitch yielding tones similar to those of the viola da gamba.

[Italian : viola, viol + da, of, for + gamba, leg.]

viola da gamba

(vɪˈəʊlə də ˈɡæmbə)
n
(Instruments) the second largest and lowest member of the viol family. See viol
[C18: from Italian, literally: viol for the leg]

vi•o•la da gam•ba

(viˈoʊ lə də ˈgɑm bə, ˈgæm-)

n., pl. viola da gam•bas.
an old instrument of the viol family, held on or between the knees; bass viol.
[1590–1600; < Italian: literally, viol for the leg]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.viola da gamba - viol that is the bass member of the viol family with approximately the range of the celloviola da gamba - viol that is the bass member of the viol family with approximately the range of the cello
viol - any of a family of bowed stringed instruments that preceded the violin family
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viola da gamba

nGambe f