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A stringed musical instrument of northern Africa and southwest Asia resembling a lute.
[Arabic 'ūd, wood, stem, lute, oud.]
(Instruments) an Arabic stringed musical instrument resembling a lute or mandolin
[from Arabic al `ūd, literally: the wood. Compare lute1]
a musical instrument of the Middle East and N Africa belonging to the lute family.
[1730–40; < Arabic ‘ūd literally, wood; see lute1]