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zith·er(zĭth′ər, zĭth′-) also zith·ern (-ərn)
A musical instrument composed of a flat sound box with about 30 to 40 strings stretched over it and played horizontally with the fingertips, a plectrum, or a bow, or set into vibration by the wind, as in the Aeolian harp.
[German, from Middle High German *zitter, from Old High German zitera, from Latin cithara, cithara, from Greek kitharā.]
(Instruments) a plucked musical instrument consisting of numerous strings stretched over a resonating box, a few of which may be stopped on a fretted fingerboard
[C19: from German, from Latin cithara, from Greek kithara]
zith•er(ˈzɪθ ər, ˈzɪð-)
a musical instrument, consisting of a flat sounding box with strings stretched over it, that is placed on a horizontal surface and played with a plectrum and the fingertips.
[1840–50; < German < Latin cithara < Greek kithárá; see kithara]
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|Noun||1.||zither - a musical stringed instrument with strings stretched over a flat sounding board; it is laid flat and played with a plectrum and with fingers|
dulcimer - a trapezoidal zither whose metal strings are struck with light hammers
stringed instrument - a musical instrument in which taut strings provide the source of sound