mbira definition by Webster's New World
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a hand-held African musical instrument consisting of a series of metal or wooden strips mounted on a soundboard and, often, having a resonator formed from a gourd: it is played by plucking the strips with the thumbs and forefingers
Origin: of Afr. origin, probably from a word in Shona (a Bantu language)
mbira definition by American Heritage Dictionary
An African musical instrument consisting of a hollow gourd or wooden resonator and a number of usually metal strips that vibrate when plucked.
Origin: Of Bantu origin; akin to Shona m-bìrà.