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sham·i·sen(shăm′ĭ-sĕn′) also sam·i·sen (săm′-)
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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(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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|Noun||1.||shamisen - 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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