Viola-da-gamba meaning

gämbə, găm-
A stringed instrument, the bass of the viol family, with approximately the range of the cello.
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An organ stop of eight-foot pitch yielding tones similar to those of the viola da gamba.
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An early stringed instrument of the viol family, held between the knees and comparable in range to the cello.
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A viol, usually much larger than the violin, played while seated and supported between the legs. The instrument was developed in Europe in the 1400s and used primarily in the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
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Origin of viola-da-gamba

  • Italian viola viol da of, for gamba leg

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian viola da gamba (“viol of leg")

    From Wiktionary