a Russian musical instrument having a triangular body and a neck like that of a guitar.

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 Unabridged
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balalaika (ˌbæləˈlaɪkə)
a plucked musical instrument, usually having a triangular body and three strings: used chiefly for Russian folk music
[C18: from Russian]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
Balalaika offers a cozy atmosphere for blues- and jazz-lovers.
It serves borscht and stroganoff to balalaika background music.
The balalaika looks a little like the front of a boat, if held horizontally.
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