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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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Its light, quick sound - the name "ukulele" means jumping flea - became the stock in trade of many a Hawaiian band.
You make your call, of course, but flawless cognate ukulele, with its sparkling image of the player's fingers flying over the frets like a jumping flea, ought not be messed with.
The previous champs for surviving acceleration had been jumping fleas, at a mere 135 times Earth's gravity.