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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
Translations

viola da gamba

nGambe f
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The baryton is like a large viol da gamba with an extra set of resonating metal strings.
The five-piece ensemble Passagalia do exactly that in their programme of sonatas and suites for recorders, flutes, viol da gamba, theorbo and harpsichord.
van der Straeten's History of the Violoncello, the Viol da Gamba, Their Precursors and Collateral Instruments (1914; reprint, London: William Reeves, 1971), the only book-length histories of the cello have been translations (Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski, The Violoncello and Its History, trans.