Definition of erhu in English:


Syllabification: er·hu
Pronunciation: /ərˈho͞o
(also erh hu)


  • A Chinese two-stringed musical instrument held in the lap and played with a bow.
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    • This year's closing festival of Edmonton's busy summer will unite the orchestra with the erhu, a two-stringed Chinese fiddle which is played somewhat like a small cello.
    • With six musicians playing the erhu, pipa, Chinese flute, zither, moon guitar and trapeziform dulcimer, they call the music that they play sizhu - the traditional word for musical instruments.
    • They enjoy themselves in singing songs from opera, playing the erhu (a traditional Chinese musical instrument) or practising their calligraphy on the ground with a brush.


early 20th century: Chinese, from èr 'two' + 'bowed instrument'.

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