Koboz is a folk instrument, a close relative of the lute, a descendant that has been preserved by Moldavian Csangos, Ukrainians and Romanians to this day, along with the old-fashioned way of playing. A short-necked, round-belly-plunging instrument of Persian-Arab origin.
The word koboz is of ancient Turkish origin; its name variants denote a wide variety of instruments, such as the Kobza of the Moldavian Csangos, the Kobiz of the Kazakhs, the Komuz of the Kyrgyz, or even the Kopus or Kobuz of the Ottoman Turks. The confiscator is also mentioned by Anonymus in chapter 46 of the Gesta. One of its ancient versions remained with the Csángós.