kan·​te·​le ˈkän-tə-lə How to pronounce kantele (audio)
: a traditional Finnish zither originally having five strings but now having as many as thirty

Word History



First Known Use

circa 1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kantele was circa 1903

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“Kantele.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kantele. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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