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koto

[koh-toh; Japanese kaw-taw] /ˈkoʊ toʊ; Japanese ˈkɔˈtɔ/
noun, plural kotos, koto.
1.
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 of koto
1785-1795
Borrowed into English from Japanese around 1785-95
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koto

/ˈkəʊtəʊ/
noun (pl) kotos
1.
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
Word Origin
Japanese
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