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u·ku·le·le

ukulele

 
pronunciation:
yu k leI li
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part of speech: noun
definition: a musical instrument that looks like a small guitar with four strings. The ukulele was brought from Portugal to Hawaii, where it became very popular.
 
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Ukulele is a Hawaiian word that means "leaping or jumping flea." The "ukelele" was brought to Hawaii by the Portuguese.
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