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A Japanese musical instrument resembling a lute, having a very long neck and three strings played with a plectrum.


A plucked lute, originating in the classical and traditional music of Japan, characterized by a pear-shaped body and four or five high frets, giving the instrument a distinctively twangy tone.


(musical instrument) A kind of three-stringed Japanese fretless lute.


A Japanese stringed instrument resembling a banjo with a long neck and three strings and a fretted fingerboard and a rectangular soundbox; played with a plectrum

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