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A stringed instrument of India having a seasoned gourd for a body and a hollow wooden neck with movable raised frets. Stretched over the frets are usually 6 or 7 metal strings on which the melody is played with a pick, and stretched under the frets are 11 or more sympathetic resonating strings.
[Hindi sitār, from Persian : si, three; see trei- in Indo-European roots + tār, string; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]
(Instruments) a stringed musical instrument, esp of India, having a long neck, a rounded body, and movable frets. The main strings, three to seven in number, overlie other sympathetic strings, the tuning depending on the raga being performed
[from Hindi sitār, literally: three-stringed]
a lute of India with a small, pear-shaped body and a long, broad, fretted neck.
[1835–45; < Hindi sitār]