from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An Ancient Greek stringed instrument, a kind of lute.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Neapolitan musical instrument, of a larger size than the mandolin, and strung with eight metal wires. It is played with a quill.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The word is either a corruption of "bandore" or "pandura" (_q. v._), an instrument of the guitar type, or is derived from "bania," the name of a similar primitive Senegambian instrument.
Anyway, the point I am trying to make here is that as far as I can tell, Mr. Bunny is playing a pandura, not a mandolin.