A Japanese stringed instrument usually having 13 silk strings stretched over a long, hollow, wooden body.
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(Instruments) a Japanese stringed instrument, consisting of a rectangular wooden body over which are stretched silk strings, which are plucked with plectrums or a nail-like device
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n., pl. -tos, -to.
a plucked Japanese musical instrument usu. having seven or thirteen strings stretched over a convex wooden sounding board.
[1785–95; < Japanese]
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|Noun||1.||koto – Japanese stringed instrument that resembles a zither; has a rectangular wooden sounding board and usually 13 silk strings that are plucked with the fingers|
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