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bal·a·lai·ka

 (băl′ə-lī′kə)
n.
A Russian musical instrument with a triangular body and three strings that produces sounds similar to those of a mandolin.

[Russian balalaĭka, alteration of earlier balabaĭka : bala-, onomatopoeia imitative of prattling talk (as in balagurit', to joke, jest (the balalaika traditionally being played to accompany singers of tales)) + baĭka, fantastic tale, anecdote (from bayat', to say speak, from Old Russian bayati; see bhā- in Indo-European roots).]

balalaika

(ˌbæləˈlaɪkə)
n
(Instruments) a plucked musical instrument, usually having a triangular body and three strings: used chiefly for Russian folk music
[C18: from Russian]

bal•a•lai•ka

(ˌbæl əˈlaɪ kə)

n., pl. -kas.
a Russian stringed instrument with a triangular body and a guitarlike neck.
[1780–90; < Russian]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.balalaika - a stringed instrument that has a triangular body and three stringsbalalaika - a stringed instrument that has a triangular body and three strings
chordophone - a stringed instrument of the group including harps, lutes, lyres, and zithers
Translations
balalajka
balalaikka
balalajka
balalaika
バラライカ
balalaika
balalajka

balalaika

[ˌbæləˈlaɪkə] Nbalalaica f

balalaika

nBalalaika f
References in classic literature ?
All of a sudden there was a great uproar of shouting, singing and the balalaika, and from the tavern a number of big and very drunken peasants came out, wearing red and blue shirts and coats thrown over their shoulders.
Adventures are infused with superpowers, real-world physics and the grooviest tunes of the millennium, from Russian balalaikas to African drum beats.
The instrumental ensemble consisted of flute and piccolo, clarinets, trumpets, trombones, percussion, balalaikas and accordions.