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A guitarlike instrument of the Spanish Renaissance having ten to twelve strings, tuned like a lute.

[Spanish, from Old Spanish, viol, vihuela, ultimately from Old Provençal viola, viol; see viola1.]
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(Spanish biˈwela)
(Instruments) an obsolete plucked stringed instrument of Spain, related to the guitar
[from Spanish]
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