cavaquinho

noun

ca·​va·​qui·​nho
ˌkavəˈkē(ˌ)nyü
plural -s
: a Brazilian stringed musical instrument somewhat smaller than a ukulele

Word History

Etymology

Portuguese, diminutive of cavaco piece of wood, from cavar to dig out, hollow out, from Latin cavare to hollow out

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“Cavaquinho.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cavaquinho. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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