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  1. an early lute resembling a large mandolin.
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Origin of mandola

1750–60; < Italian, variant of mandora, alteration of Latin pandūra 3-stringed lute < Greek pandoûra; cf. bandore
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Historical Examples

  • The mandola was played with a quill like the mandolino and the cither.

    Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)

    Carl Engel

British Dictionary definitions for mandola


  1. an early type of mandolin
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Word Origin

from Italian
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