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See the etymology of gusle.



gusla (plural guslas)

  1. A single-stringed instrument of the Balkans, often played with a bow and used to accompany epic poems.
    • 1942, Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, Canongate 2006, p. 662-3:
      Soldiers were sitting at tables among these flowers, some playing cards, some singing songs to the sound of the gusla, but very softly because it was now evening, and it had been a holiday, and everyone was tired.
    • 2012, Christopher Clark, The Sleepwalkers, Penguin 2013, p. 22:
      These were long ballads, often sung to the melancholy accompaniment of the one-stringed gusla, in which singers and listeners relived the great archetypal moments of Serbian history.