One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small Andean guitar, traditionally made from an armadillo shell.
- ‘Instead, on lonely curves, we'd pass a young man in a tall, conical knitted hat and a bright embroidered jacket, walking along playing a tiny guitar, a charango, to himself.’
- ‘Originally, the soundbox of the charango was made from the shell of an armadillo, which gave it a unique sound and appearance.’
- ‘They cooked and washed, men drank and played charangos, older kids whined about the rustic boredom, and Fabrizio, age five, made a first disastrous experiment with chicha.’
- ‘All night, squads of dressed-up campesinos trotted through town, the men strumming charangos, the women shrilling praise-songs to whichever roadless hamlet they'd walked from.’
- ‘The haunting sound of the large pan pipes, the melodious sound of the charango and the moving atmosphere created by the violin bring this diverse repertoire beautifully together.’
1920s: from South American Spanish.
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