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Vina

Vina vINA f. (of doubtful derivation) the Vina or Indian lute (an instrument of the guitar kind , supposed to have been invented by Narada q.v. , usually having seven wires or strings raised upon nineteen frets or supports fixed on a long rounded board , towards the ends of which are two large gourds ; its compass is said to be two octaves , but it has many varieties according to the number of strings &c.) (in astrol.) a partic. configuration of the stars (when all planets are situated in 7 houses) lightning N. of a Yogini of a river In other versions this lute (also called a VîŠâ) was invented by Siva India Greece Siva Apollo (cf. Blue Lotus , 1890).
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