Etymology of banjo
Posted by Johannes on 28 August 2011
The word banjo (a stringed instrument with four or five strings, usually associated with country music) comes from the Portoguese bandurra, from the Latin pandura, which is a transliteration of the Greek pandura (a three-string instrument; Gr: παντούρα).
From the same root:
In modern Greek (Romeika)
a) banjo: banjo [Gr: μπάντζο; loanword]
b) mandolino: mandolin [Gr: μαντολίνο; loanword]
c) mandura: a folk music instrument [Gr: μαντούρα]