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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).]
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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]
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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]
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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
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Translations
balalajka
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バラライカ
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balalaika

[ˌbæləˈlaɪkə] Nbalalaica f
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balalaika

nBalalaika f
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