Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A musical instrument of lower Italy, of the lute or guitar family, having two catgut strings tuned a fifth apart, and played with a plectrum. It is said to be closely similar to the very ancient Egyptian nofre or nefer.
“In a commodious alcove, in a glow of pink light from above, was a life-sized group of musicians -- statues in colored metal of a Spanish girl playing a mandora, an Italian with a slender calascione, a Russian playing his jorbon, and an African playing a banjo.”
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