The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
a Kirghiz two-stringed bowed musical instrument, similar to the Kazakh kobyz. Length, 650 mm. The kyiak was reconstructed in 1930. Its orchestral varieties are soprano, alto, bass, and contrabass.
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