psaltery

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psal·ter·y

 (sôl′tə-rē) also psal·try (sôl′trē)
n. pl. psal·ter·ies also psal·tries
An ancient stringed instrument played by plucking the strings with the fingers or a plectrum.

[Middle English psalterie, from Old French, from Latin psaltērium, from Greek psaltērion, from psallein, to play the harp; see pāl- in Indo-European roots.]

psaltery

(ˈsɔːltərɪ)
n, pl -teries
(Instruments) music an ancient stringed instrument similar to the lyre, but having a trapezoidal sounding board over which the strings are stretched
[Old English: see Psalter]

psal•ter•y

(ˈsɔl tə ri)

n., pl. -ter•ies.
an ancient musical instrument similar to a zither.
[1300–50; Middle English sautrie < Middle French sauter(i)e < Late Latin psaltērium; see Psalter]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.psaltery - an ancient stringed instrument similar to the lyre or zither but having a trapezoidal sounding board under the stringspsaltery - an ancient stringed instrument similar to the lyre or zither but having a trapezoidal sounding board under the strings
stringed instrument - a musical instrument in which taut strings provide the source of sound
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psaltery

nPsalterium nt