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balalaika

[bal-uh-lahy-kuh] /ˌbæl əˈlaɪ kə/
noun
1.
a Russian musical instrument having a triangular body and a neck like that of a guitar.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; < Russian balaláĭka, equivalent to balalaĭ-, probably originally a v. base, akin to balabólitʾ, balákatʾ chatter, talk nonsense (compare Russian dial., Ukrainian balabáĭka balalaika), expressive derivatives of Slavic *bay- speak, tell, akin to fate, -phasia + -ka noun suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for balalaika

balalaika

/ˌbæləˈlaɪkə/
noun
1.
a plucked musical instrument, usually having a triangular body and three strings: used chiefly for Russian folk music
Word Origin
C18: from Russian
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Word Origin and History for balalaika
n.

stringed instrument with a triangular body, 1788, from Russian balalaika, said to be related to balabolit' "to chatter, babble," an imitative word.

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