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koto

[koh-toh; Japanese kaw-taw] /ˈkoʊ toʊ; Japanese ˈkɔˈtɔ/
noun, plural kotos, koto.
1.
a Japanese musical instrument having numerous strings, usually seven or thirteen, that are stretched over a convex wooden sounding board and are plucked with three plectra, worn on the thumb, index finger, and middle finger of one hand.
Origin of koto
1785-1795
1785-95; < Japanese
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  • She writes and plays the koto well, besides being clever at her needle, and can skilfully sew crpe and silken robes.

    Romances of Old Japan Yei Theodora Ozaki
  • koto cried, and I knew he had leaped to the same conclusion I had.

    The Winged Men of Orcon David R. Sparks
  • The next night, too, while Yae and Yakumo were playing on the flute and koto, the young man appeared again.

    Myths & Legends of Japan F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • Then I turned to koto and in the dark waved a fist under his nose.

    The Winged Men of Orcon David R. Sparks
  • O'Tsugi was engaged in putting back the koto (harp) into its cover.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville
  • While his sister is doing her work, Toyo is practising on his koto.

    Our Little Japanese Cousin Mary Hazelton Wade
  • It was koto's voice, and it came from behind the abutment of rock toward which I was hurrying.

    The Winged Men of Orcon David R. Sparks
  • Other instruments of music are the koto, the tsuzumi and the drum.

    A Japanese Boy Shigemi Shiukichi
  • I flung myself over to koto's side to help him with the gun.

    The Winged Men of Orcon David R. Sparks
British Dictionary definitions for koto

koto

/ˈkəʊtəʊ/
noun (pl) kotos
1.
a Japanese stringed instrument, consisting of a rectangular wooden body over which are stretched silk strings, which are plucked with plectrums or a nail-like device
Word Origin
Japanese
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