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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 ?
There was a rapid patter of bare feet, and an unseen hand opened the door into the huntsmen's room, from which came the clear sounds of a balalayka on which someone, who was evidently a master of the art, was playing.
It was the custom for Mitka to play the balalayka in the huntsmen's room when "Uncle" returned from the chase.
cried Natasha at the door as soon as the balalayka ceased.