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cit·tern(sĭt′ərn) also cith·ern (sĭth′ərn, sĭth′-)
A 16th-century guitar with a flat, pear-shaped body.
[Perhaps blend of Latin cithara, cithara; see cithara, and obsolete English gittern (from Middle English, from Old French guiterne, from Latin cithara).]
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(Instruments) a medieval stringed instrument resembling a lute but having wire strings and a flat back. Compare gittern
[C16: perhaps a blend of cither + gittern]
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an old musical instrument related to the guitar, having a flat, pear-shaped soundbox and wire strings.
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|Noun||1.||cittern - 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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