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 (sôl′tə-rē) also psal·try (sôl′trē)
n. pl. psal·ter·ies also psal·tries
An ancient stringed instrument played by plucking the strings with the fingers or a plectrum.

[Middle English psalterie, from Old French, from Latin psaltērium, from Greek psaltērion, from psallein, to play the harp; see pāl- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -teries
(Instruments) music an ancient stringed instrument similar to the lyre, but having a trapezoidal sounding board over which the strings are stretched
[Old English: see Psalter]


(ˈsɔl tə ri)

n., pl. -ter•ies.
an ancient musical instrument similar to a zither.
[1300–50; Middle English sautrie < Middle French sauter(i)e < Late Latin psaltērium; see Psalter]
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Noun1.psaltery - an ancient stringed instrument similar to the lyre or zither but having a trapezoidal sounding board under the stringspsaltery - an ancient stringed instrument similar to the lyre or zither but having a trapezoidal sounding board under the strings
stringed instrument - a musical instrument in which taut strings provide the source of sound


nPsalterium nt
References in classic literature ?
They heard, too, the pleasant mingled notes of a variety of instruments, flutes, drums, psalteries, pipes, tabors, and timbrels, and as they drew near they perceived that the trees of a leafy arcade that had been constructed at the entrance of the town were filled with lights unaffected by the wind, for the breeze at the time was so gentle that it had not power to stir the leaves on the trees.
The pattern, designed by Brigid O'Brien, depicts the closing lines of Yeats's poem "The Players ask for a Blessing on the Psalteries and Themselves": "The proud and careless notes live on / But bless our hands that ebb away"--a poignant selection, as it was likely one of Lily's last creations, produced around 1931, shortly after her declining health precipitated the closing of the embroidery branch of Cuala Industries that she had founded some twenty years before.
She has been trained in making different foods such as psalteries, sweets and meals.
Certainly at the Temple, the priests prophesized to the music of harps, of psalteries, and of cymbals.
Maxwell not only sings seven of Hildegard's songs, she also accompanies herself on two psalteries, the organistrum, and Anglo-Saxon and medieval harps, instruments she learned to play for the show, which she has been developing for Close to two years.