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Pronunciation: 'ban-(")jO
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural banjos also banjoes
Etymology: probably of African origin; akin to Kimbundu mbanza, a similar instrument
Date: 1739
a musical instrument with a drumlike body, a fretted neck, and usually four or five strings which may be plucked or strummed
- ban·jo·ist /-"jO-ist/ noun

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