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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.
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Noun1.zithern - a musical stringed instrument with strings stretched over a flat sounding boardzithern - 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