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(1) A Georgian four-stringed plucked instrument. The chonguri has a pear-shaped body that is truncated at the bottom. The long neck, which has fastened or carved frets, terminates in a curved pegbox with three pegs, one for each of the main strings; the short fourth string fastens to a peg midway up the side of the neck. The silk or nylon strings are tuned to D, G, and B of the one-line octave and D of the two-line octave. Played primarily by women, the chonguri is used to accompany singing. Improved versions of the chonguri are used in Georgian folk-instrument orchestras.

(2) One of the names of the panduri, a Georgian three-stringed plucked instrument.


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