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pandora

[pan-dawr-uh, -dohr-uh] /pænˈdɔr ə, -ˈdoʊr ə/
noun
1.
Also, pandore
[pan-dawr, -dohr, pan-dawr, -dohr] /pænˈdɔr, -ˈdoʊr, ˈpæn dɔr, -doʊr/ (Show IPA),
pandoura
[pan-doo r-uh] /pænˈdʊər ə/ (Show IPA),
pandure.

bandore

[ban-dawr, -dohr, ban-dawr, -dohr] /bænˈdɔr, -ˈdoʊr, ˈbæn dɔr, -doʊr/
noun
1.
an obsolete musical instrument resembling the guitar.
Also, bandora
[ban-dawr-uh, -dohr-uh] /bænˈdɔr ə, -ˈdoʊr ə/ (Show IPA)
.
Also called pandora, pandore, pandoura, pandure.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; earlier bandurion < Spanish bandurria < Latin pandūra < Greek pandoûra three-stringed musical instrument
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British Dictionary definitions for pan dore

bandore

/bænˈdɔː; ˈbændɔː/
noun
1.
a 16th-century plucked musical instrument resembling a lute but larger and fitted with seven pairs of metal strings Also called pandore, pandora
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish bandurria, from Late Latin pandūra three-stringed instrument, from Greek pandoura

pandora

/pænˈdɔːrə/
noun
1.
a handsome red sea bream, Pagellus erythrinus, of European coastal waters, caught for food in the Mediterranean
2.
a marine bivalve mollusc of the genus Pandora that lives on the surface of sandy shores and has thin equal valves
3.
(music) another word for bandore
Word Origin
after Pandora

Pandora

/pænˈdɔːrə/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) the first woman, made out of earth as the gods' revenge on man for obtaining fire from Prometheus. Given a box (Pandora's box) that she was forbidden to open, she disobeyed out of curiosity and released from it all the ills that beset man, leaving only hope within
Word Origin
from Greek, literally: all-gifted
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Word Origin and History for pan dore
Pandora
1579, first mortal woman, made by Hephaestus and given as a bride to Epimetheus, from Gk. pandora "all-gifted," from pan "all" + doron "gift," from PIE base *do- "to give." Pandora's box (1579) refers to her gift from Zeus, which was foolishly opened by Epimetheus, upon which all the contents escaped. They were said to be the host of human ills, or, in a later version, all the blessings of the god, except Hope, which alone remained.
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