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

  • n. A small accordion especially popular in Latin America.

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  • n. A small Latin American accordion played with buttons.

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  • n. a type of concertina popular in South America


American Spanish bandoneón, from German Bandonion, Bandoneon : Heinrich Band (1821-1860), German inventor + (Akkord)ion, accordion; see accordion.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish bandoneón, from German Bandoneon, named after Heinrich Band. (Wiktionary)



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  • From a novel set (mostly) in Buenos Aires in 1913-1920:

    How much had changed since . . . those days when the tango was fresh and young and had a percussive drive and vibrancy, before it passed through the hands of hordes of immigrants, before it got slowed down by the bandoneón and the spirit of lament. The bandoneón, that boxy German instrument, accordion-like, made for voluptuous mourning.
    Carolina de Robertis, The Gods of Tango (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015), p. 116

    September 4, 2016