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plec·trum

 (plĕk′trəm)
n. pl. plec·trums or plec·tra (-trə)
A small thin piece of metal, plastic, bone, or similar material, used to pluck the strings of certain instruments, such as the guitar or lute.

[Latin plēctrum, from Greek plēktron, from plēssein, plēg-, to strike; see plāk- in Indo-European roots.]

plectrum

(ˈplɛktrəm)
n, pl -trums or -tra (-trə)
(Instruments) any implement for plucking a string, such as a small piece of plastic, wood, etc, used to strum a guitar, or the quill that plucks the string of a harpsichord. Also called: plectron
[C17: from Latin plēctrum quill, plectrum, from Greek plēktron, from plēssein to strike]

plec•trum

(ˈplɛk trəm)

n., pl. -tra (-trə), -trums.
a small piece of rigid material, as plastic, ivory, or metal, used to pluck the strings of a musical instrument.
[1620–30; < Latin plēctrum < Greek plêktron]

plectrum

- Originally a device for tightening the strings of a harp, it is now the piece used to pluck a guitar's strings; its plural is plectrums or plectra.
See also related terms for strings.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plectrum - a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrumentplectrum - a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument
device - an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
guitar pick - a plectrum used to pluck a guitar
Translations
ريشَةٌ للنَّقْر على الأوتار
trsátko
plekter
PlektronPlektrum
plektra
pengető
nögl
plektras
plektrs
brnkadlo

plectrum

[ˈplektrəm] N (plectrums or plectra (pl)) [ˈplektrə]púa f, plectro m

plectrum

[ˈplɛktrəm] nplectre m

plectrum

nPlektron nt, → Plektrum nt

plectrum

[ˈplɛktrəm] nplettro

plectrum

(ˈplektrəm) noun
a small piece of plastic etc for plucking the strings of a guitar.
References in classic literature ?
Now slow The plectrum led to prayer the cloistered chords, Now loudly with the crash of falling rain, Now soft as the leaf whispering of words, Now loud and soft together as the long Patter of pearls and seed-pearls on a dish Of marble; liquid now as from the bush Warbles the mango bird; meandering Now as the streamlet seawards; voiceless now As the wild torrent in the strangling arms Of her ice-lover, lying motionless, Lulled in a passion far too deep for sound.
For sounds in winter nights, and often in winter days, I heard the forlorn but melodious note of a hooting owl indefinitely far; such a sound as the frozen earth would yield if struck with a suitable plectrum, the very lingua vernacula of Walden Wood, and quite familiar to me at last, though I never saw the bird while it was making it.
You mean, I said, those gentlemen who tease and torture the strings and rack them on the pegs of the instrument: might carry on the metaphor and speak after their manner of the blows which the plectrum gives, and make accusations against the strings, both of backwardness and forwardness to sound; but this would be tedious, and therefore I will only say that these are not the men, and that I am referring to the Pythagoreans, of whom I was just now proposing to enquire about harmony.
In one talked-about case last year, an unemployed Finn called Christian was caught carving and selling wooden guitar plectrums.
Adrian Bottomley reminds me: "The little pocket in jeans is where guitarists keep their plectrums.
A previous portrait of guitarist Jimi Hendrix made from thousands of Fender plectrums sold at a charity auction for PS23,000 in 2011 and his work is owned by singers Annie Lennox and Lemmy from Motorhead, among others.
A pair of finger cymbals as used on Tiger Feet, A platform heel broken by the bass player from Sweet, A battered Rickenbacker, a knackered Stratocaster, A set of marbled plectrums spanning the entire spectrum, Clapton, Blackmore, Frampton, Jimmy Page and Alvin Lee; 'Shame the old boy's fretwork ain't as sharp as what it used to be.
Glued to the guitar are two plectrums, one from Sun Studios in Memphis where Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash recorded.
Plectrums are raised when the two women compete for the services of guitarist Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten), who just happens to be Rayna''s former lover.
Plectrums "The reason for that was to give people a way to respond rather than us having to pick up guitar plectrums left by the grave," Mr Cudby said.