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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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(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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(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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[ˌbæləˈlaɪkə] Nbalalaica f
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nBalalaika f
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All of a sudden there was a great uproar of shouting, singing and the balalaika, and from the tavern a number of big and very drunken peasants came out, wearing red and blue shirts and coats thrown over their shoulders.
Expect games to be played to a soundtrack of balalaikas.
home studio and used some distinctly Russian instrumentation, including balalaikas, in addition to the usual orchestral strings.
The instrumental ensemble consisted of flute and piccolo, clarinets, trumpets, trombones, percussion, balalaikas and accordions.
Electric balalaikas, knockoff Strats, heartbreak songs that make this country crap sound like whining.
Neither balalaikas nor Sputnik capture the genius of the place as perfectly as the tractor.