The women played one after the other on the balalaika, and then sang in chorus.
The sound of music came from somewhere outside, notes of the balalaika.
balalaika, a musical instrument of very ancient Slavonic origin, common among the Russians and Tartars.
Rouletabille listened to the voice dying away with the last sob of the balalaika.
One of the children played a balalaika and sang in a broken, mournful voice that did not at all belong to her age.
Here Mongalov reached for his balalaika, a sort of Russian mandolin, and began to play some gay Russian airs on it.
And from every saddle dangled a balalaika and the terrible Cossack whip.
The porter Yermolay passed him with his balalaika, glanced at him and shrugged his shoulders.
The "balalaika Orchestra," by the way, was a minor sign of the Russian invasion already at its height.
stringed instrument with a triangular body, 1788, from Russian balalaika, said to be related to balabolit' "to chatter, babble," an imitative word.