Etymology
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samisen (n.)

Japanese three-stringed banjo-like instrument, 1610s, from Chinese san-hsien, literally "three-strings," from san "three" + hsien "string."

updated on December 06, 2021

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Definitions of samisen from WordNet

samisen (n.)
a Japanese stringed instrument resembling a banjo with a long neck and three strings and a fretted fingerboard and a rectangular soundbox; played with a plectrum;
Synonyms: shamisen
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