shamisen

play
noun sham·i·sen \ˈsha-mə-ˌsen\
variants: or less commonly

play \ˈsa-mə-ˌsen\

Definition of shamisen

  1. :  a 3-stringed Japanese musical instrument resembling a banjo

Origin and Etymology of shamisen

Japanese


First Known Use: 1864


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