A Russian musical instrument with a triangular body and three strings that produces sounds similar to those of a mandolin.
[Russian balalaĭka, alteration of earlier balabaĭka : bala-, onomatopoeia imitative of prattling talk (as in balagurit', to joke, jest (the balalaika traditionally being played to accompany singers of tales)) + baĭka, fantastic tale, anecdote (from bayat', to say speak, from Old Russian bayati; see bhā-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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