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, gamba, 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")