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Definition of the noun Mbila

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  1. [musical instruments] In Southern Africa, an instrument similar to the xylophone, played by striking the bars with mallets.
  2. [musical instruments] mbira


Mbila: O mbila é um instrumento musical de percussão, do tipo xilofone, tradicional dos chopes de Moçambique.

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Google previewDictionary of the Tebele & Shuna Languages (1897)

With Illustrative Sentences and Some Grammatical Notes

mBila, n. (mbira), (1) " piano " ; (2 ) rock .

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Peoples of Africa and the Middle East (2009)

by Facts On File, Incorporated

Mbila. See Safwa. Mbochi. (Boubangui; Mboshi) The Mbochi live in the central Republic of the Congo, the west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and eastern Gabon. Mbole. The Mbole are a subgroup of the Mongo of Central Africa.

Google previewEnglish-Congo and Congo-English Dictionary (1883)

by Henry Craven, John Barfield

Mbila, n., pi. zimbiila, potato. Mbala a nguvu, n., ///. zimbiila za nguvu, a yam. Mbambi, »., pi. zimbambi, a whistle of native manufacture. Mbangala, a part of the year, a dry season. Mbangazi, adj., hot, Yin' mbangazye, ...

Google previewOxford English Dictionary Additions Series (1997)

by John A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner

XV, The mbila, the finest and most perfect of the Venda musical instruments, consists of a number of carved wooden slabs of from three to four inches wide and of various thicknesses, which are beaten with india-rubber hammers by one or two ...

Google previewDesk Encyclopedia of Plant and Fungal Virology (2009)

by Marc H.V. van Regenmortel, Brian W.J. Mahy

mbila, C. storeyi, ...

Google previewThe Concise Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (2013)

by Garland Encyclopedia of World Music,

Venda instruments include a twenty-one-key xylophone, the mbila mutondo (nearly obsolete), plus a twenty-seven-key lamellaphone, the mbila dzamadeza. The Venda ...

Google previewDictionary of Jamaican English (2002)

by Frederic Gomes Cassidy, Robert Brock Le Page

BILAH SONG sb dial; Ko mbila, call or Kimbundu mbila, grave, sepulchre.

Google previewA New Malagasy-English Dictionary (1885)

by James Richardson

Vo'ama'sono'mbila'hy, j. [lahy, masculine.] A climbing plant.

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Mbila Meaning

Video shows what mbila means. In Southern Africa, an instrument similar to the xylophone, played by striking the bars with mallets.. mbira. Mbila Meaning.

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