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Related to cither: cithern
[French cithare, kitaire, from Latin cithara, cithara; see cithara.]
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(Instruments) variants of cittern
[C17: from Latin cithara, from Greek kithara lyre]
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|Noun||1.||cither - 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
|2.||cither - a 16th century musical instrument resembling a guitar with a pear-shaped soundbox and wire strings|
guitar - a stringed instrument usually having six strings; played by strumming or plucking
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