Definition and background:
A primitive instrument consisting of a stick that is curved under the pressure of one or more strings, similar to an archery bow. A resonator is optional, and often when one is present, it is detachable. a bow where the string is plucked or scraped and the sound is intensified with a resonating chamber, or the mouth is used as such
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