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u·ku·le·leor u·ke·le·le (yo͞o′kə-lā′lē, o͞o′kə-)
A small four-stringed guitar popularized in Hawaii.
[Hawaiian 'ukulele, probably from 'uku lele, jumping flea (perhaps in reference to the movement of the fingers when playing the instrument) : 'uku, louse, flea (from Proto-Polynesian kutu, louse) + lele, to fly, jump (from Proto-Polynesian lele).]
(Instruments) a small four-stringed guitar, esp of Hawaii
[C19: from Hawaiian, literally: jumping flea, from `uku flea + lele jumping]
or u•ke•le•le(ˌyu kəˈleɪ li, ˌu-)
n., pl. -les.
a small, guitarlike musical instrument associated chiefly with Hawaiian music.
[1895–1900 < Hawaiian ‘ukulele leaping flea]