Russian: balalaika


The balalaika is a Russian folk string instrument that has three strings and a triangular body. The word balalaika comes from the Russian, балалайка (balalayka). This word is related to балаболька (balabolka = little bells) and балаболить (balabolit' = chatter). It is composed of balaba, an onomatopoeia of the sound made by the lips of someone who stutters and the diminutive suffix -ka (like in  дедушка, тройка y водка.) This onomatopeia is the same as the Latin balbus (stutterer), where the English word babble (speaking incoherently) comes from.

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