Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Greek stringed instrument having a long fretted neck and usually pear-shaped body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Greek long-necked plucked fretted lute having a sharp, metallic sound

Etymologies

Modern Greek mpouzouki, probably of Turkish origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Greek μπουζούκι (bouzoúki), from Turkish bozuk. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The musical instrument called the bouzouki originated in which country?

    June 2007

  • Second, the band Planxty incorporated a number of Eastern European influences into their sound, most notably modal chord structures and a Greek plucked instrument called the bouzouki, when they emerged onto the scene in the early seventies.

    The Bothy Band

  • For the tour, the band added Greek-American Dmitri Mahlis, who played oud though he's better known as a bouzouki player, and Canadian tabla player Satnam Ramgotra.

    Khorasan

  • For about the same price, a used Flatiron "bouzouki" or OM is a good choice; I've been very satisfied with my 3-K for about 25 years.

    Mandolin Cafe News

  • His Twitter account lists Tehran, Iran, as his fictional hometown and provides the following self-description: "Writer, creative director, Irish bouzouki player & supervised lunatic."

    Tom Matlack: Where Have All the Mad Men Gone?

  • The Marlow series also continues to focus mainly on the tradition Papas espoused -- though Papas wasn't too particular about who or what he taught, from banjo to bouzouki.

    Washington is once again taking pride of place in its classical guitar tradition

  • From there I will add both real instruments that I can play pretty well like mandolin, lap steel, Irish bouzouki, various electric guitars, harmonica, and glockenspiel as well as virtual instruments in Logic like organ, piano, strings, and synthesizers that are played via a MIDI keyboard.

    20 Questions with SciFi Songster John Anealio

  • Mr. Urata plays guitar, bouzouki and piano, and shares trumpet duties with Mr. King.

    Bold New Music, Old-World Sound

  • They are multi-instrumentalists who can switch to ballads and laments, adding in bagpipes, bouzouki, flutes, wailingTurkish horns, blues harp or even a twanging, virtuoso duet on duelling mouth harps.

    Muzsikás featuring Márta Sebestyén: Fly Bird, Fly – review

  • A surround-sound childhood of traditional Greek music led Stelios to the bouzouki at the age of 8.

    Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: Volume 202

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    July 17, 2007

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    July 17, 2007

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    July 17, 2007

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    July 17, 2007

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    July 17, 2007

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    And where were you guys when we all passed our 666th word, anyhow? ;-)

    July 17, 2007

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    July 17, 2007