One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A type of small, four-stringed guitar resembling a ukulele, popular in Brazil and Portugal.
- ‘Nordestinos, cowboys from the hinterland in leather sombreros with turned-up brims, were singing mournful ballads and accompanying themselves on accordions, triangles and mandolin-like cavaquinhos.’
- ‘Carlos elegantly distills the essence of Peruvian Quecua waltzes usually heard with Pan flutes and cavaquinhos but here played with an accordion.’
- ‘Back in the 1400s, Portuguese sailors took cavaquinhos with them on their voyages of discovery to Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean.’
- ‘During the 15th century the four-course cavaquinho reached Africa, the Americas, and even Hawaii, where it became the four-string Ukulele.’
- ‘Her two brothers played guitars and cavaquinhos at home, and rather than play hopscotch or dolls with other girls of her age, her great pleasure was to accompany her brothers.’
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