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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]


(məˈrɪm bə)

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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Noun1.marimba - a percussion instrument with wooden bars tuned to produce a chromatic scale and with resonatorsmarimba - a percussion instrument with wooden bars tuned to produce a chromatic scale and with resonators; played with small mallets
percussion instrument, percussive instrument - a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by one object striking another


[məˈrɪmbə] Nmarimba f


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Moore has now spent about 12 years integrating marimba into local music performances, including more than six years of volunteering his time at Adams Elementary School, where he instructs students in how to play the marimba.
Muestras interesantes de esta cultura se evidencian en la variada gama de manifestaciones populares, tales como su arquitectura residencial, la colorida decoracion de las carretas de bueyes, el estilo de vida de los campesinos, las mascaradas, la comida tipica y la musica de la marimba, entre muchos otras.
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