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banja(h), banjer

/bánja/ [in US /bánjow/ but cf. South, Black /bánja/ (Stanley 1941:10); from "kiMbundu mbanza stringed musical instrument (whence also Jam, banja and Brazilian Port, banza) converging with bandore, a European stringed instrument" (Dalby 1972:177); cf. also Haitian bandjo idem TDKF; cf. DJE bangil 1739, OED banshaw 1764, DAE banger 17751 n. the banjo: 1788 Another musical instrument of the true negro is the Banjah. Over a hollow calabash . . . is stretched a sheep-skin. It is lengthened with a neck and strung with four strings. (Schoepf 261). 1918 It is a banjer knocking (Parsons 121). 1966 B' Rabby make he little banja . . he start he sing (Crowley 63). (Black)

Tags: music, noun

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Last update: 2011-10-16 23:28
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.2

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