cithern


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cith·ern

 (sĭth′ərn, sĭth′-)
n.
Variant of cittern.
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Noun1.cithern - a 16th century musical instrument resembling a guitar with a pear-shaped soundbox and wire stringscithern - a 16th century musical instrument resembling a guitar with a pear-shaped soundbox and wire strings
guitar - a stringed instrument usually having six strings; played by strumming or plucking
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Immediately a prelude of pipe, cithern, and viol, touched with practised minstrelsy, began to play from a neighboring thicket, in such a mirthful cadence that the boughs of the Maypole quivered to the sound.
I take up an unadorned cithern in desolate defiance,
S]he disdained to set forward otherwise, but to take her barge in the river of Cydnus, the poop whereof was of gold, the sails of purple, and the oars of silver, which kept stroke in rowing after the sound of the music of flutes, howboys, citherns, viols, and such other instruments as they played upon the barge.