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tamburitza

[tam-boo r-it-suh, tam-buh-rit-suh] /tæmˈbʊər ɪt sə, ˌtæm bəˈrɪt sə/
noun
1.
one of a family of mandolinlike stringed instruments of southern Slavic regions.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; < Serbo-Croatian tàmburica, diminutive of tàmbura a stringed instrument < Turkish tambura < Persian ṭanbūr; see tambura
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tambur

long-necked lute played under various names from the Balkans to northwestern Asia. Closely resembling the ancient Greek pandoura and the long lutes of ancient Egypt and Babylon, it has a deep, pear-shaped body, a fretted neck, and 2 to 10 double courses of metal strings fastened with front and side tuning pegs without a pegbox.

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