Definitions for kotoˈkoʊ toʊ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ko•toˈkoʊ toʊ(n.)(pl.)-tos, -to.
a plucked Japanese musical instrument usu. having seven or thirteen strings stretched over a convex wooden sounding board.
Category: Music and Dance
Origin of koto:
1785–95; < Japn
Japanese stringed instrument that resembles a zither; has a rectangular wooden sounding board and usually 13 silk strings that are plucked with the fingers
a Japanese musical instrument having numerous strings, usually seven or thirteen, that are stretched over a convex wooden sounding board and are plucked with three plectra, worn on the thumb, index finger, and middle finger of one hand.
The koto is a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument, similar to the Chinese zheng, the Mongolian yatga, the Korean gayageum and the Vietnamese đàn tranh. The koto is the national instrument of Japan. Koto are about 180 centimetres length, and made from kiri wood. They have 13 strings that are strung over 13 movable bridges along the width of the instrument. Players can adjust the string pitches by moving these bridges before playing, and use three finger picks to pluck the strings.
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