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sham·i·sen

 (shăm′ĭ-sĕn′) also sam·i·sen (săm′-)
n.
A Japanese musical instrument resembling a lute, having a very long neck and three strings played with a plectrum.

[Japanese shamisen, samisen : san, three (from Middle Chinese sam, also the source of Mandarin sān) + mi, taste, touch; see mirin + sen, string (from Middle Chinese sian`; also the source of Mandarin xiàn).]
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shamisen

(ˈʃæmɪˌsɛn) or

samisen

n
(Instruments) a Japanese plucked stringed instrument with a long neck, an unfretted fingerboard, and a rectangular soundbox
[Japanese, from Chinese san-hsien, from san three + hsien string]
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Noun1.shamisen - a Japanese stringed instrument resembling a banjo with a long neck and three strings and a fretted fingerboard and a rectangular soundboxshamisen - a Japanese stringed instrument resembling a banjo with a long neck and three strings and a fretted fingerboard and a rectangular soundbox; played with a plectrum
stringed instrument - a musical instrument in which taut strings provide the source of sound
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The shamisen was introduced to Japan in the late sixteenth century and was soon used in narrative and lyrical traditions (see Tokumaru Yosihiko, L'aspect melodique de la musique de syamisen, Ethnomusicologie, 6 [Paris: Peeters, 2000]).