|four||what why how; foreign|
|simp. and trad.
四 (four) + 胡 (fiddle; short for 胡琴, a family of Chinese vertical fiddles), implying "four-stringed fiddle." During the Qing Dynasty the original official name of this instrument was tiqin (提琴) and the original vernacular name was sixian (四絃) before sihu was finally adopted in the 19th century.
- sihu; a bowed string instrument with two pairs of strings, used in Chinese folk music