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mandola, mandora, mandore


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(from Gr. pandoura).

Ancient instr. (possibly as early as 9th cent.), a small ancestor of the lute. Popular in Sp. and It., reaching Eng. at end of 14th cent. Had 9 frets and up to 6 str. Played with plectrum and used for popular mus.‐making. Ancestor of mandolin.

Subjects: Music.


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