[koh-toh; Japanese kaw-taw]
- 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
Borrowed into English from Japanese around 1785–95
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Examples from the Web for koto
She took the title after fellow Japanese Koto Okubo passed away on Jan. 12, 2013, at the age of 115 years and 19 days.
Koto cried, and I knew he had leaped to the same conclusion I had.
Koto was looking at me wide-eyed, and I saw that his interest was as keen as my own.
I flung myself over to Koto's side to help him with the gun.
Then I turned to Koto and in the dark waved a fist under his nose.
I felt that Koto's chances of getting back to us were one in a thousand.
- 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