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koto Line breaks: koto
Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊtəʊ/

Definition of koto in English:

noun (plural kotos)

A Japanese zither about six feet long, with thirteen strings passed over small movable bridges: young nobles played the flute and the koto until dawn [as modifier]: Japanese koto music
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  • By high school he was proficient at the koto, viola, clarinet and electric guitar.
  • They were playing a loop of anonymous koto music that was rather soothing.
  • Performances of the koto are also featured in the evenings in early April.


Late 18th century: Japanese.

Words that rhyme with koto

in toto, Kumamoto, Kyoto, photo, Sesotho, Yamamoto

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