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Bandolim is the Portuguese word for mandolin. The modern mandolin, with 4 double strings tuned in fifths (GDAE), originated in Italy since the 17th century, and became widely popular in 19th century Portugal, spreading from there to the Madeira islands and to Brazil, where it became an essential element of Choro Music. The term bandolim sometimes may also refer to Portuguese or Brazilian stylistic musical elements, rather than to anatomic differences between 'bandolim' and 'mandolin'.