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n. pl. cem·ba·los
[Italian, short for clavicembalo, from Medieval Latin clāvicymbalum : Latin clāvis, key + Latin cymbalum, cymbal; see cymbal.]
cem′ba·list (-bə-lĭst) n.
n, pl -li (-lɪ) or -los
(Instruments) another word for harpsichord
[C19: shortened from clavicembalo]
a keyboard instrument, precursor of the piano, in which the strings are plucked by leather or quill points connected with the keys, in common use from the 16th to the 18th century, and revived in the 20th.
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|Noun||1.||cembalo - a clavier with strings that are plucked by plectra mounted on pivots|
spinet - early model harpsichord with only one string per note