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A Graeco-Roman stringed instrument of the lute type, having a small body, a long thick neck, and usually three strings, which has survived in various forms in the Balkans, Turkey, Egypt, and parts of western Asia.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Encyclopaedia Britannica. From classical Latin pandūra three-stringed lute and its etymon Hellenistic Greek πανδοῦρα, probably by metathesis from Arabic ṭanbūr and its etymon Persian ṭanbūr.
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