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vi•o•la da gam•ba



Pronunciation: (vē-ō'lu du gäm'bu, -gam'-), [key]
pl. viola da gambas.

1. an old musical instrument of the viol family, held on or between the knees: superseded by the modern violoncello; bass viol.
2. an organ stop of eight-foot pitch giving a stringlike tone.

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