Marimba meaning

mə-rĭmbə
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A large wooden percussion instrument with resonators, resembling a xylophone.
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A musical instrument somewhat like a xylophone, consisting of a series of hard wooden bars, usually with resonators beneath, struck with small mallets.
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(Marimba, Inc., Palo Alto, CA, www.marimba.com) A software company founded in 1996 by four key members of Sun's original Java development team. In 1996, it introduced Castanet, a family of Java-based delivery systems for publishing and automatically distributing application updates and other published materials via the Internet and intranets. Other Marimba products addressed the key areas of security management, infrastructure management and change and configuration management. In 2004, BMC Software (www.bmc.com) acquired Marimba and rapidly integrated its products and technologies into its line of business service management (BSM) software.
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A musical instrument similar to a xylophone but clearer in pitch.
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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").

    From Wiktionary