sham·i·sen (shămʹĭ-sĕn') also sam·i·sen (sămʹ-) n.
A Japanese musical instrument resembling a lute, having a very long neck and three strings played with a plectrum.
  [Japanese samisen: san, three (from Middle Chinese sam) + mi, taste, touch (from Middle Chinese mujh) + sen, string (from Middle Chinese sianh).]

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