viola da gambaviola da gam·ba
an early stringed instrument of the viol family, held between the knees and comparable in range to the cello
Origin of viola da gambaIt, literally , viol for the leg
viola da gamba
- A stringed instrument, the bass of the viol family, with approximately the range of the cello. Also called bass viol . Also called gamba . Also called viol .
- An organ stop of eight-foot pitch yielding tones similar to those of the viola da gamba.
Origin of viola da gambaItalian viola viol da of, for gamba leg
(plural viola da gambas)
From Italian viola da gamba (“viol of leg")