mandolin

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Photograph of a mandolin.

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From French mandoline, from Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandola, a large stringed instrument.

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mandolin (plural mandolins)

  1. (music) A stringed instrument and a member of the lute family, having eight strings in four courses, frequently tuned as a violin. They have either a bowl back or a flat back.
  2. A kitchen tool used for slicing vegetables (usually spelled mandoline).
  3. (military) An RAF World War II code name for patrols to attack enemy railway transport and other ground targets.

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