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An early keyboard instrument with a soft sound produced by small brass wedges striking horizontal strings.
[Middle English clavicord, from Medieval Latin clāvichordium : Latin clāvis, key + Latin chorda, string; see cord.]
(Instruments) a keyboard instrument consisting of a number of thin wire strings struck from below by brass tangents. The instrument is noted for its delicate tones, since the tangents do not rebound from the string until the key is released
[C15: from Medieval Latin clāvichordium, from Latin clāvis key + chorda string, chord1]
an early keyboard instrument producing a soft sound by means of metal blades attached to the keys gently striking the strings.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin clāvichordium < Latin clāvi(s) key + chord(a) chord2]