Definition of didgeridoo in English:


(also didjeridu)


  • An Australian Aboriginal wind instrument in the form of a long wooden tube, traditionally made from a hollow branch, which is blown to produce a deep, resonant sound, varied by rhythmic accents of timbre and volume.

    • ‘What sounds like a didgeridoo and a flute weave a stunning and evocative duet.’
    • ‘The horns are akin to the didgeridoos of the Australian aboriginals and are referred to generically in the Central African Republic as ongo.’
    • ‘Now growing in popularity is Aboriginal music featuring the didgeridoo, an elongated tube that vibrates when played.’
    • ‘Then, to the beat of Aboriginal dancers and the sound of a didgeridoo, the masses lurched forward and the event began.’
    • ‘And pumped up they are, stomping and cheering, ringing cowbells, and making odd mooing sounds from homemade PVC didgeridoos.’
    • ‘You don't often get to hear a didgeridoo, cello, organ and musical saw in the same piece of music, but if that intrigues you, here's your chance.’
    • ‘Nearby, at the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, visitors can learn how to throw a boomerang or to play the didgeridoo, before watching aboriginal dancers perform a corroboree.’
    • ‘The didgeridoo is made of branches of eucalyptus trees that have been naturally hollowed out by termites and other wood-eating insects.’
    • ‘They sat in groups, some drinking, while the sound of a didgeridoo was heard.’
    • ‘The didjeridu provided a subtly-shifting pedal point for the Prelude, returned for an extended solo at the end of the third movement and was woven into the texture of the entire finale.’
    • ‘Once again, he has added a didjeridu to a work that he composed for strings; this was the première of the new version.’
    • ‘‘Treehouse’, from Juno Reactor, is reminiscent of the tribal drum work from Crouching Tiger, with a little didgeridoo thrown in for good measure.’
    • ‘Add to this the expert didgeridoo of Ganga Giri on most tracks and the results never allow you to be in any doubt that you are in Antipodean climes.’
    • ‘The didgeridoo, another instrument frequently played appallingly, is in capable hands here.’
    • ‘They were entertained with extracts from Lord of the Rings, such as the piece Gollum, where the Navy tubas and bassoons imitated the drones of the didgeridoo.’
    • ‘The talented multi instrumentalist can play anything from a piano to a didgeridoo to a tin whistle.’
    • ‘The children were able to dip into various craft activities, such as making didgeridoos, rain sticks, dream catchers and drums.’
    • ‘Vibrations from instruments such as the talking drum or the didgeridoo, or even from foot-stomping dances, may have spoken volumes to distant, unshod listeners.’
    • ‘‘We have yet to see a kangaroo,’ says Mr Rogers after two days in The Centre - and neither had he seen Aborigines playing didgeridoos.’
    • ‘He was forced to compete with didgeridoos, a 10-piece samba band, three bagpipes, cow bells, tambourines, guitars and the enthusiastic jingling of the White Horse Morris troupe celebrating their 50th anniversary.’


1920s imitative; from an Aboriginal language of Arnhem Land.