A Japanese stringed instrument usually having 13 silk strings stretched over a long, hollow, wooden body.
A Japanese musical instrument of the zither family, with a rectangular body and seven to thirteen waxed silk strings.
(music) A Japanese stringed instrument having numerous strings, usually seven or thirteen, that are stretched over a convex wooden sounding board and are plucked with three plectra, worn on the thumb, index finger, and middle finger of one hand.
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Origin of koto
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
The Japanese koto is a six foot hollow instrument, typically with 13 strings.
Magnificent caves are found on both slopes of the peninsula, those at Batu in Selangor being the finest on the west coast, while those of Chadu and Koto Glanggi in Pahang are the most extensive yet visited by Europeans on the east coast.
The Fula flocked to Fodio's aid, and in the battle of Koto or Rugga Fakko (1804) the king of Gobir was utterly defeated.