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dul·ci·mer

 (dŭl′sə-mər)
n.
1. A narrow, often hourglass-shaped stringed instrument having three or four strings and a fretted fingerboard, typically held flat across the knees while sitting and played by plucking or strumming. Also called Appalachian dulcimer, mountain dulcimer.
2. The hammered dulcimer.

[Alteration (influenced by Latin dulcis, sweet) of Middle English doucemer, from Old French doulcemer, doulcemele, probably from Latin dulce melos, sweet song : dulce, neuter of dulcis, sweet + melos, song (from Greek).]
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dulcimer

(ˈdʌlsɪmə)
n
1. (Instruments) a tuned percussion instrument consisting of a set of strings of graduated length stretched over a sounding board and struck with a pair of hammers
2. (Instruments) an instrument used in US folk music, consisting of an elliptical body, a fretted fingerboard, and usually three strings plucked with a goose quill
[C15: from Old French doulcemer, from Old Italian dolcimelo, from dolce sweet, from Latin dulcis + -melo, perhaps from Greek melos song]
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dul•ci•mer

(ˈdʌl sə mər)

n.
1. a trapezoidal zither with metal strings that are struck with light hammers.
2. a modern folk instrument with three or four strings plucked or strummed with the fingers.
[1560–70; alter. of Middle English dowcemere < Middle French doulcemer, dissimilated variant of doulcemele < early Italian dolcimelo,dolzemele < Latin dulce melos sweet song]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dulcimer - a stringed instrument used in American folk musicdulcimer - a stringed instrument used in American folk music; an elliptical body and a fretted fingerboard and three strings
stringed instrument - a musical instrument in which taut strings provide the source of sound
2.dulcimer - a trapezoidal zither whose metal strings are struck with light hammers
cither, zither, zithern - a musical stringed instrument with strings stretched over a flat sounding board; it is laid flat and played with a plectrum and with fingers
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Translations
цимбал
dulcimer
čimbala
cimbalom

dulcimer

[ˈdʌlsɪməʳ] Ndulcémele m
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dulcimer

nCymbal nt, → Hackbrett nt
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Handmade hammered dulcimers embody the music traditions of this place, and you'll often hear their distinctive mountain sound echoing throughout the hollers and valleys.
Session will cover hammered dulcimers. Reservations required.
Like other hammered dulcimers from around the world, the yangqin consists of a trapezoidal resonating chamber that is capped by a thin wooden soundboard.