noun \ˌba-lə-ˈlī-kə\

Definition of BALALAIKA

:  a usually 3-stringed instrument of Russian origin with a triangular body played by plucking or strumming

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First Known Use: 1780

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Russian stringed instrument with a triangular body, three strings, and movable frets on its fingerboard. It comes in six sizes, from piccolo to double bass. It developed in the 18th century from the dombra. It has been primarily a solo folk instrument for accompanying song and dance, but is also played in large balalaika orchestras.


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