a Russian stringed instrument somewhat like a guitar but with a triangular body and usually three strings
Origin of balalaikaRussian balalajka
A Russian musical instrument with a triangular body and three strings that produces sounds similar to those of a mandolin.
Origin of balalaikaRussian balalaĭka alteration of earlier balabaĭka bala- onomatopoeia imitative of prattling talk ( as in balagurit' to joke, jest (the balalaika traditionally being played to accompany singers of tales) ) baĭka fantastic tale, anecdote ( from bayat' to say speak ) ( from Old Russian bayati ; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.)
From Russian балалайка (balalájka).