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a stringed musical instrument
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A stringed instrument of the harp family having two curved arms connected at the upper end by a crossbar, used to accompany a singer or reciter of poetry, especially in ancient Greece.
[Middle English lire, from Old French, from Latin lyra, from Greek lura.]
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1. (Instruments) an ancient Greek stringed instrument consisting of a resonating tortoise shell to which a crossbar was attached by two projecting arms. It was plucked with a plectrum and used for accompanying songs
2. (Instruments) any ancient instrument of similar design
3. (Instruments) a medieval bowed instrument of the violin family
[C13: via Old French from Latin lyra, from Greek lura]
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art at lytta(laɪər)
1. a small harplike musical instrument of ancient Greece used esp. to accompany singing and recitation.
2. (cap.) the constellation Lyra.
[1175–1225; Middle English lire < Latin lyra < Greek lýra]
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|Noun||1.||lyre - a harp used by ancient Greeks for accompaniment|
harp - a chordophone that has a triangular frame consisting of a sounding board and a pillar and a curved neck; the strings stretched between the neck and the soundbox are plucked with the fingers
trigon - a triangular lyre of ancient Greece and Rome
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lyre[ˈlaɪəʳ] N → lira f
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lyre[ˈliːɒn] n → lyre f
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lyre[ˈlaɪəʳ] n → lira
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