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Banjo, stringed musical instrument with a long fretted neck and a circular frame covered by a skin resonator. Its 4 to 9 strings are played by plucking. The banjo originated among slaves in North America and may have been derived from West African instruments. It became popular in 19th-century minstrel shows, in early jazz bands, and in folk music.

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