According to the American Heritage Dictionary:
man·do·lin (mān'də-lĭn', mān'dl-ĭn) n. A small lutelike instrument with a typically pear-shaped body and a straight fretted neck, having usually four sets of paired strings tuned in unison or octaves.
According to Maggie:
man·do·lin (mān'də-lĭn', mān'dl-ĭn) n. A small lutelike instrument used to drive a Maggie crazy with musically inspired passion.
There's something about it - the way it's held, the way it's strummed, the way it sounds ... hell, I dunno. But give me a man who can play the mandolin and I'll follow him anywhere.
Especially if he cooks.