from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A rude Spanish musical instrument, consisting of an earthen jar the top of which is covered with parchment, through which a stick is inserted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A Spanish percussion instrument, a drum played by pulling a rope.


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  • While some play the spoons or the bones

    Let others percuss with two stones,

    Or add a zambomba

    And cry ¡Ay,caramba!

    Enriching the idiophones.

    December 4, 2018

  • There's a tiny version that has a string instead of a stick. When you pull the string it sounds like a chicken clucking; a children's toy no less.

    Yes of course I have one.

    December 4, 2018

  • It is an entertaining image: bilby at home of an evening, tugging on his zambomba and making clucking noises.

    December 4, 2018

  • Simple pleasures :-)

    You know there used to be a way to upload audio to this site. I remember prolagus badgering everyone to do a pronunciation of something and that page became quite interesting to hear all our text warriors in full cry.

    December 4, 2018

  • I think it was you're a hot dog, aren't you but maybe ruzuzu remembers better because she is very organised.

    December 4, 2018

  • Thanks, bilby. It was you're something of a hotdog, aren't you (as originally seen in one of dontcry's comments over on spaghetti).

    December 4, 2018

  • You're something of a hot dog, aren't you ruzuzu?

    December 4, 2018

  • *curtseys*

    December 5, 2018

  • My new theory of the universe, perhaps a version of string theory: everything leads to spaghett(i).

    December 5, 2018

  • R'amen.

    December 5, 2018