African musical instrument consisting of a series of metal or wooden
on a soundboard
and, often, having a resonator
formed from a gourd
: it is played by plucking the strips with the thumbs and forefingers
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Word origin of 'mbira'of Afr. origin, prob. from a word in Shona (a Bantu language)