a lutelike instrument of India, etc., usually with four strings, used to give a drone or ostinato accompaniment
Origin of tambouraPersian ?amb?ra
or tam·bu·ra also tan·bur
Any of various long-necked stringed instruments, plucked or bowed, used in South and Southwest Asia, Southeast Europe, and North and East Africa.
Origin of tambouraUltimately ( partially via Hindi) (Urdu tambūra ) (Modern Greek tambouras ) ( and Turkish tambur ) from Arabic &tlowdot;unbūr Persian tanbūr a kind of long-necked stringed instrument both from Middle Persian a kind of long-necked stringed instrument perhaps (with metathesis of consonants) from Greek pandoura three-string lute ; see mandolin .