bouzouki(redirected from bouzoukis)
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n. pl. bou·zou·kis
A Greek stringed instrument having a long fretted neck and usually pear-shaped body.
[Modern Greek mpouzoúki, from Turkish bozuk (saz), a kind of saz (literally, "broken saz"), from bozuk, broken (probably in reference to bozuk düzen, broken tuning, a kind of reentrant tuning often used on the saz and bouzouki); akin to Old Turkic buzuk, destroyed, spoiled, from buzmaq, to destroy, spoil.]
(Instruments) a Greek long-necked stringed musical instrument related to the mandolin
[C20: from Modern Greek mpouzouki, perhaps from Turkish büjük large]
n., pl. -kis.
a long-necked, fretted lute of modern Greece.
[1950–55; < Modern Greek mpouzoúki, of uncertain orig.]