One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Ukrainian stringed instrument resembling a large asymmetrical lute with many strings, held vertically and plucked like a zither.
- ‘Traditional folk instruments include the bandura, a variety of flutes, various fiddles and basses, drums and rattles, the bagpipe, the hurdy-gurdy, the Jew's harp, and the hammered dulcimer.’
- ‘The bandura is an old instrument from the old days of the Kozak armies.’
- ‘Hryhorii Kytastyi, musical director, composer and bandurist, is the author of more than 30 melodies of Ukrainian songs for solo and choir with bandura or piano accompaniment.’
- ‘The bandura, Ukraine's national instrument, may have from twenty to sixty-five strings and is similar to a lute.’
- ‘The Ukrainians, who were given a huge reception when they took part in Saturday's parade wearing their traditional dress, play a 56-string instrument called the bandura and also sing.’
Ukrainian; compare with bandora.
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