- a Russian musical instrument having a triangular body and a neck like that of a guitar.
Origin of balalaika
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Examples from the Web for balalaika
And from every saddle dangled a balalaika and the terrible Cossack whip.The Crimson Tide
Robert W. Chambers
The sound of music came from somewhere outside, notes of the balalaika.
One of the children played a balalaika and sang in a broken, mournful voice that did not at all belong to her age.Trapped in 'Black Russia'
Rouletabille listened to the voice dying away with the last sob of the balalaika.
Balalaika, a musical instrument of very ancient Slavonic origin, common among the Russians and Tartars.
- a plucked musical instrument, usually having a triangular body and three strings: used chiefly for Russian folk music
C18: from Russian
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Word Origin and History for balalaika
stringed instrument with a triangular body, 1788, from Russian balalaika, said to be related to balabolit' "to chatter, babble," an imitative word.
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