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marimba Syllabification: ma·rim·ba
Pronunciation: /məˈrimbə/

Definition of marimba in English:


A deep-toned xylophone of African origin. The modern form was developed in the US circa 1910.
Example sentences
  • Here the group combines trombone, a simplistic guitar line, and what sounds like either a marimba or a xylophone.
  • However, the decay on real xylophones and marimbas is so long that the counterpoint gets muddied.
  • It also has a small number of strings and a sizable percussion section which includes marimbas, steel drums and an African drum called a Djembe.


Early 18th century: from Kimbundu, perhaps via Portuguese.

Words that rhyme with marimba

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