Κυριακή, 10 Ιουλίου 2011

Etymology of banjo

Origin of the word banjo
The word banjo (a stringed instrument with four or five strings, usually associated with country music) comes from the Portoguese bandurra, from the Latin pandura, which is a transliteration of the Greek pandura (a three-string instrument; Gr: παντούρα).




From the same root:


mandolin, banjulele

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In modern Greek (Romeika)


a) banjo: banjo [Gr: μπάντζο; loanword]


b) mandolino: mandolin [Gr: μαντολίνο; loanword]


c) mandura: a folk music instrument [Gr: μαντούρα]


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