One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A type of early Spanish stringed musical instrument, in particular vihuela de mano, a type of guitar, and vihuela de arco, a type of viol.
- ‘The five-course guitar supplanted the aristocratic vihuela in the 17th century and came to be regarded as the typical Spanish instrument.’
- ‘Juan Carlos Rivera and his vihuela are shown to advantage in an extract from the Mass ‘Quam pulchri sunt’.’
- ‘As the 16-member ensemble launches into a particularly romantic song, local high school mariachi teacher John Contreras rocks rhythmically nearby, a small vihuela (an instrument similar to a guitar) at his side.’
Mid 19th century: Spanish.
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