三味線

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
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Etymology[edit]

The instrument was introduced to mainland Japan from Okinawa, where it is known as the 三線 (sanshin), or as the 蛇皮線 (jabisen): 蛇皮 (snakeskin) + (string). The mainland Japanese term comes from this latter Okinawan term, with jabisen becoming shamisen (or alternately samisen). The kanji is used as an ateji.

Noun[edit]

三味線 (hiragana しゃみせん, romaji shamisen)
三味線 (hiragana さみせん, romaji samisen) (rare)

  1. (music) A shamisen; a Japanese three-stringed lute

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. 三味线
trad.

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin sānwèixiàn
Zhuyin ㄙㄢ ㄨㄟˋ ㄒㄧㄢˋ
IPA (key) /sa̠n⁵⁵ u̯eɪ̯⁵¹⁻⁵³ ɕi̯ɛn⁵¹/

Noun[edit]

三味線 (traditional, Pinyin sānwèixiàn, simplified 三味线)

  1. shamisen

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