thumb piano
noun Date: 1949 mbira

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  • thumb piano — n. 1. KALIMBA 2. MBIRA …   English World dictionary

  • Thumb piano — The African thumb piano is a musical instrument, a type of plucked idiophone, which is common throughout Subsaharan Africa. Thumb pianos in Africa usually consist of a wooden board to which staggered metal keys are attached. The instrument is… …   Wikipedia

  • thumb piano — noun : any of several musical instruments of African origin (as the kalimba, mbira, or zanza) that consist essentially of a resonator and a set of tuned metal or wooden strips that are plucked with the thumbs or fingers * * * ˈthumb piano 7… …   Useful english dictionary

  • thumb piano — thumb′ pian′o n. mus mad any of various African boxlike musical instruments having tuned strips of metal or wood that vibrate when played with the thumbs • Etymology: 1940–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • thumb piano — any of various African boxlike musical instruments, such as the kalimba or mbira, having tuned strips of metal or wood that vibrate when played with the thumbs. [1940 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • thumb piano — n. kalimba, mbira, African musical instrument with resonating box made of wood or a hollow gourd having tuned strips of wood or metal affixed to it which are plucked using the thumbs …   English contemporary dictionary

  • thumb piano — noun any of various musical instruments, mainly of African origin, made from strips of metal fastened to a resonator and played by plucking with the fingers and thumbs …   English new terms dictionary

  • thumb piano — /ˌθʌm piˈænoʊ/ (say .thum pee anoh) noun a small handheld African musical instrument consisting of a wooden sound box to which thin metal strips or keys are attached and which can be plucked by the thumbs or the fingers; kalimba …   Australian English dictionary

  • piano — piano1 /pee an oh, pyan oh/, n., pl. pianos. a musical instrument in which felt covered hammers, operated from a keyboard, strike the metal strings. Cf. baby grand, concert grand, grand piano, spinet, square piano, upright piano. [1795 1805;… …   Universalium

  • Piano Concerto No. 3 (Tchaikovsky) — thumb|right|Tchaikovsky in 1893, as painted by Nikolai Kuznetzov. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky s Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, Op. post. 75, proved one of the more troublesome of its composer s musical progeny. Birthed as a symphony, then… …   Wikipedia

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