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[ban-doo r-yuh] /bænˈdʊər yə/
a Spanish musical instrument of the guitar family with six pairs of double strings.
Origin of bandurria
From Spanish, dating back to 1835-45; See origin at bandore Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • bandurria; Spanish, eighteenth century; played with a plectrum usually made of tortoise-shell.

  • Three men were sitting on the doorstep of a house, two playing guitars, one playing the bandurria.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • Banjo seems to be derived from bandore or bandurria, modern French and Spanish forms of tambour, respectively.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken

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