koto

koto

[koh-toh; Japanese kaw-taw]
noun, plural kotos, koto.
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:
1785–95; < Japanese

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koto (ˈkəʊtəʊ)
 
n , pl kotos
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
 
[Japanese]

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