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Biwa

[bee-wah] /ˈbi wɑ/
noun
1.
Lake, the largest lake in Japan, on Honshu, near Kyoto. 260 sq. mi. (673 sq. km).
Also called Omi.
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biwa

Japanese short-necked lute, distinguished by its graceful, pear-shaped body. The biwa has a shallow, rounded back and silk strings (usually four or five) attached to slender lateral pegs. The instrument is played with a large wedge-shaped plectrum called a bachi. The strings are tuned in fourths, and the melody is played almost exclusively on the highest pitched string

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