Definition of kora in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːrə/


A West African musical instrument shaped like a lute, with 21 strings passing over a high bridge, and played like a harp.
Example sentences
  • Despite opening with a kora, the arrangement stays quite close to the original.
  • North American jazz-derived bands have not shown much fascination with ouds, koras, and tablas.
  • Winners of the Kora awards, named after a West African stringed instrument, received cash prizes and a replica of a kora.


Late 18th century: a local word.

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