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zith·er

 (zĭth′ər, zĭth′-) also zith·ern (-ərn)
n.
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.]

zith′er·ist n.

zither

(ˈzɪðə)
n
(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]
ˈzitherist n

zith•er

(ˈzɪθ ər, ˈzɪð-)

n.
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]
zith′er•ist, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zither - a musical stringed instrument with strings stretched over a flat sounding boardzither - 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
Translations
citera
citer
sitra
citera
sítar
cithara
ţiteră
citra
citre
cittra

zither

[ˈzɪðəʳ] Ncítara f

zither

[ˈzɪðər] ncithare f

zither

nZither f

zither

[ˈzɪðəʳ] ncetra
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The singers, flutists, and zitherists were not apt to wait for a technician to help explain the "house scale," that is to say, the chime's implicit modes based on its twelve pitch-standards, if it was not already inscribed on the bells.