A musical instrument somewhat like a xylophone, consisting of a series of hard wooden bars, usually with resonators beneath, struck with small mallets.
Webster's New World
Other Word Forms of Marimba
Origin of Marimba
Portuguese of Bantu origin Kimbundu ma-rimba ma- pl. n. pref. -rimba xylophone, hand piano
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Portuguese, via a Bantu source, perhaps Kimbundu marimba (“xylophone").
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