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koto

[koh-toh; Japanese kaw-taw]
noun, plural ko·tos, ko·to.
  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.
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Origin of koto

Borrowed into English from Japanese around 1785–95
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koto

noun plural 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
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Word Origin for koto

Japanese
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