qanun

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English[edit]

Man playing a qanun

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Etymology[edit]

From Turkish kanun, from Arabic قَانُون (qānūn), from Ancient Greek κανών (kanṓn).

Noun[edit]

qanun (plural qanuns)

  1. (music) A Near Eastern and Caucasian musical instrument related to the zither, dulcimer, harp, or sackbut having either 26 strings and a single bridge, or twice that number and two bridges.
    • 2009 June 21, Daniel J. Wakin, “Ensemble Ambitions in a World Divided”, in New York Times[1]:
      WISPS of mournful tunes from a cane flute mingled with the plucking, jangling arabesques of the zitherlike qanun, the oud and gentle drums.

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References[edit]

  • "kanoon." Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster. 2002.

Azeri[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Arabic قَانُون (qānūn), from Ancient Greek κανών (kanṓn). Cognate with English canon.

Noun[edit]

qanun (definite accusative qanunu, plural qanunlar)

  1. law
  2. statute

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