kantele

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English[edit]

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A kantele.

Etymology[edit]

From Finnish kantele, from a Baltic language, from Proto-Baltic *kantla.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkantələ/, /ˈkɑːntəleɪ/

Noun[edit]

kantele (plural kanteles)

  1. (music) A plucked string instrument (a zither) of the Baltic psaltery family, traditionally with five strings but now more widely varying, originating in the folk music of Finland, where it is seen as a national symbol.[2]
    • 1989, Keith Bosley, translating Elias Lönnrot, The Kalevala, XLIV:
      With his fingers Väinämöinen played / with its strings the kantele rang out […].

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrew Sihler, New Comparative Grammar of Greek and Latin, OUP, 1995, page 210.
  2. ^ 2003. "Kantele". Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Pg. 440.

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Verb[edit]

kantele

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of kantelen

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Finnish[edit]

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Noun[edit]

kantele

  1. kantele
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Verb[edit]

kantele

  1. Indicative present connegative form of kannella.
  2. Second-person singular imperative present form of kannella.
  3. Second-person singular imperative present connegative form of kannella.