Definition of likembe in English:

likembe

(also likembi)

noun

  • Any of various musical instruments originating in sub-Saharan Africa, consisting of a board, box, or bowl held in the hands, with a series of metal or bamboo tongues attached to it, which are plucked by the thumbs and forefingers.

Origin

1940s; earliest use found in Tom Marvel (b. 1901). From Lingala likembé from li-, singular class prefix + -kembé, the name of the instrument.

Pronunciation

likembe

/lɪˈkɛmbeɪ/