biwa

n. (Burchfield 1727) Music [a J. mandolin named for the loquat fruit biwa 琵琶(びわ) < MChin = Chin pi-pa 琵琶 a guitar, long associated with the Tendai sect 天台宗] A Japanese lute with four strings.
(Cannon, Garland. 1996. The Japanese Contributions to the English Language: An Historical Dictionary.)

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