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ukulele

(yo͞okəlā`lē), Hawaiian musical instrument developed from the Portuguese guitar. It has a fretted fingerboard and four strings that are plucked or strummed. Patented in 1917, the ukulele became popular in the United States in the 1920s. It is also spelled ukelele.

ukulele

, ukelele
a small four-stringed guitar, esp of Hawaii
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Yasui has been steadily working on increasing the serious repertoire of 'ukulele music.
The 'ukulele legitimacy was further damaged when it was sold to the American public as a Hawaiian instrument, which it wasn't.
Word History: In the Hawaiian language 'ukulele means literally "jumping flea," a creature with little resemblance to a small guitar.