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balalaika

[ bal-uh-lahy-kuh ]
/ ˌbæl əˈlaɪ kə /
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noun

a Russian musical instrument having a triangular body and a neck like that of a guitar.

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Origin of balalaika

1780–90; <Russian balaláĭka, equivalent to balalaĭ-, probably originally a v. base, akin to balabólitʾ, balákatʾ chatter, talk nonsense (compare Russian dial., Ukrainian balabáĭka balalaika), expressive derivatives of Slavic *bay- speak, tell, akin to fate, -phasia + -ka noun suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for balalaika

balalaika
/ (ˌbæləˈlaɪkə) /

noun

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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