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 mbiraof Afr. origin, probably from a word in Shona (a Bantu language)
A musical instrument consisting of a hollow gourd or wooden resonator and a number of usually metal strips that vibrate when plucked. Also called kalimba.
Origin of mbiraOf Bantu origin; akin to Shona m-bìrà.
- (music, in southern Africa) Any of several musical instruments, similar to a marimba, having a small sound box fitted with a row of tuned tabs that are plucked with the thumbs.