An instrument similar to the mandolin, but larger. Think mandolin : mandola :: violin : viola. Four courses of strings, tuned (low to high) C, G, D, A.
Sometimes found in more folky music, like bluegrass or Celtic music

Man*do"la (?), n. [It. See Mandolin.] (Mus.)

An instrument closely resembling the mandolin, but of larger size and tuned lower.


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