viola da gamba(redirected from violas da gamba)
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viola da gam·ba(gäm′bə, găm′-)
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)
(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]
viola da gamba
n → Gambe f