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A Chinese stringed instrument that is played with a bow and has two strings stretched from a small sound box along a long thin neck. Also called Chinese violin.

[Mandarin èrhú : èr, two (in reference to its two strings) (from Middle Chinese ri`, from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *g-nis; akin to Tibetan gnyis and Burmese hnac) + , peoples of Central Asia (in reference to the instrument's Central Asian origin) (from Middle Chinese xɦuə̆).]


a two-stringed Chinese musical instrument
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As the Sony Pictures logo fades to black, and the opening credits begin, we hear Yo-Yo Ma's solo cello play a plaintive Chinese melody, bending the notes in the style of the traditional Chinese two-stringed instrument, the erhu.
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To illustrate what he called "the inexhaustible" nature of women, Chen in this nine-movement piece puts in front of the orchestra five gorgeous young women in traditional Chinese brilliantly-colored, long, split gowns, with three of them playing Chinese instruments - erhu, pipa, and guzheng respectively (stringed instruments for bowing or plucking) - and two of them vocalists, Xiaduo Chen (Western operatic soprano) and Meng Meng (Chinese operatic soprano).
While not a professional musician, Xiao Zhenduo taught himself to play a number of different Western and Chinese instruments--yangqin, erhu (two-string fiddle), dizi (transverse flute), qin qin (four-string banjo-like lute), accordion, saxophone, and the bass drum employed in marching bands.
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