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  1. Lake, the largest lake in Japan, on Honshu, near Kyoto. 260 sq. mi. (673 sq. km).
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Also called Omi.
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Examples from the Web for biwa

Historical Examples of biwa

  • She played the samisen, the kotto, the biwa, and the small hand-drum.

    Japanese Fairy Tales

    Grace James

  • He heard the sound of a biwa (mandolin) proceeding from a veranda.

  • A fine native fruit, when well grown, is the biwa or loquat.

    The Foundations of Japan

    J.W. Robertson Scott

  • For many hours he had played, drawing strange music from his biwa.

  • A wandering ballad-singer passed that way, with his biwa slung across his back.