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noun

related or similar instruments in other cultures, such as the chinese guqin or norwegian harpeleik; especially any chordophone without a neck, and with strings that pass over the body.

verb

to make a sound similar to that made by a zither; to move while making such a sound.

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  • the cantillations of the buddhist religion came to japan by way of korea in the 6th cent. and were followed in the 7th cent. by the bugaku, a ceremonial dance with music that is of indian origin. in the 9th and 10th cent. many instruments, including the biwa (a four-stringed bass lute used for accompaniment) and the koto (a long zither with 13 silk strings, used both as a solo instrument and in ensemble), were introduced from china. factmonster.com

  • the cantillations of the buddhist religion came to japan by way of korea in the 6th cent. and were followed in the 7th cent. by the bugaku, a ceremonial dance with music that is of indian origin. in the 9th and 10th cent. many instruments, including the biwa (a four-stringed bass lute used for accompaniment) and the koto (a long zither with 13 silk strings, used both as a solo instrument and in ensemble), were introduced from china. infoplease.com