bouzouki

or bou·sou·ki, bu·zu·ki

[ boo-zoo-kee ]
/ bʊˈzu ki /

noun, plural bou·zou·kis, bou·zou·ki·a [boo-zoo-kee-uh] /bʊˈzu ki ə/.

a long-necked, fretted lute of modern Greece.

Nearby words

  1. boutros-ghali, boutros,
  2. bouts-rimés,
  3. bouvardia,
  4. bouvier,
  5. bouvier des flandres,
  6. bovarism,
  7. bovate,
  8. bovet,
  9. bovid,
  10. bovine

Origin of bouzouki

1950–55; < Modern Greek mpouzoúki; Turkish bozuk (broken, ruined, depraved; cf. bashi-bazouk) or büzük (constricted, puckered) adduced as sources, but sense development is obscure

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British Dictionary definitions for bouzouki

bouzouki

/ (buːˈzuːkɪ) /

noun

a Greek long-necked stringed musical instrument related to the mandolin

Word Origin for bouzouki

C20: from Modern Greek mpouzouki, perhaps from Turkish büjük large

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