Nicola Swinburne. A Brief History of the Mandolin. MandolinSerenade.com. "Baroque mandolin, or mandolino - The name "'mandore" first appears in French literature in 1585, and "mandola" in Italian in 1589 to describe a lute-like instrument. The name is probably derived from "mandorla" which is the word for almond in Italian. "Mandolino", a term first encountered in 1634, is the diminutive of mandola, meaning little mandola. Some of the oldest surviving mandolins were made by the famous violin maker Stradivarius in the late 1600s."
mandolinos - (ar)mandolino. ATLAS of Plucked Instruments. "From around 1650s the mandolino developed from the mandore. It is a smaller version of it. Sometimes it is called pandurine or armandolino (after the shape of almonds), and often baroque mandolin (to make clear the difference with the normal mandolin)."
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