Definition of marimba in English:

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marimba

Pronunciation: /məˈrɪmbə/

noun

A deep-toned xylophone of African origin.
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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with marimba

limber, timber

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: ma|rimba

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