Among the Hausa and Songhai people of West Africa: a type of stringed instrument (usually similar to a lute), with one, two, or three strings.
Early 20th century. From Hausa molo. Compare Songhay móóRà guitar of up to twelve strings, Kanuri móló two-stringed banjo.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Rising Sun: On Board ‘Themistocles’. Origin unknown.