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zith·er

 (zĭth′ər, zĭth′-) also zith·ern (-ərn)
n.
A musical instrument composed of a flat sound box with about 30 to 40 strings stretched over it and played horizontally with the fingertips, a plectrum, or a bow, or set into vibration by the wind, as in the Aeolian harp.

[German, from Middle High German *zitter, from Old High German zitera, from Latin cithara, cithara, from Greek kitharā.]

zith′er·ist n.

zither

(ˈzɪðə)
n
(Instruments) a plucked musical instrument consisting of numerous strings stretched over a resonating box, a few of which may be stopped on a fretted fingerboard
[C19: from German, from Latin cithara, from Greek kithara]
ˈzitherist n

zith•er

(ˈzɪθ ər, ˈzɪð-)

n.
a musical instrument, consisting of a flat sounding box with strings stretched over it, that is placed on a horizontal surface and played with a plectrum and the fingertips.
[1840–50; < German < Latin cithara < Greek kithárá; see kithara]
zith′er•ist, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zither - a musical stringed instrument with strings stretched over a flat sounding boardzither - 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
Translations
citera
citer
sitra
citera
sítar
cithara
ţiteră
citra
citre
cittra

zither

[ˈzɪðəʳ] Ncítara f

zither

[ˈzɪðər] ncithare f

zither

nZither f

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[ˈzɪðəʳ] ncetra
References in classic literature ?
Albrecht--there was a man named Albrecht--played the zither and improvised; I keep on wondering what has happened to him.
I fain would take the zither, By some stray fancy led; But there are none to hear me, And who can charm the dead?
"An unintentional cry of Joy escaped the Youth, he let his Zither fall, and with extended arms he called out the name of the enigmatical Being, who seemed to stoop lovingly to him and beckon to him in a friendly manner; indeed, if his ear did not deceive him, she called his name with unutterable sweet Whispers, proper to love.
"It was on the evening before his departure, as he wished still once to visit the Lei and offer to the Nymph of the Rhine his Sighs, the tones of his Zither, and his Songs.
So he used to wander to the neighborhood of the Lei, evenings, with his Zither and "Express his Longing in low Singing," as Garnham says.
Celebrating female artists both past and present, the festival showcases Syrian artist Maya Youssef playing the qanun, a 78-string Middle Eastern plucked zither. The festival will also include a concert dedicated to the music of Clara Schumann, including a performance of her Piano Trio, Op.
Arranged in sections on basic, intermediate, and advanced, they include playing the zither to a cow, a cunning rabbit has three burrows, the man from Qi who worries about the sky, seeing a horse whizzing by through a crack in the wall, and the wind ignores the trees' wishes.
Zi Lan Liao is an international concert circuit performer on the Gu-Zheng (Chinese zither harp).
In line with cementing ties between Seoul and Doha, this year, my Embassy is going to present a number of Korean cultural events to the people in Qatar, and tonight is the first showcase." The charming all-girl band of five musicians performed an array of traditional and modern Korean music using four different instruments - gayageum (zither), daegeum (flute), janggu (drum) and electric violin.
The quintet -- Ah-Reum Lee, Hye Kyung Kwon, Yi-Su Chung, Kyung-Min Kim, and Ji-Hyun Kim -- has performed in more than 60 cities in 40 countries, playing four different traditional instruments: gayageum (zither), daegeum (flute), janggu (drum), and electric violin.
Felix Lajko - violinist and composer, who also plays zither. He played the main character in the movie "Delta" by the Hungarian director Cornell Mundrutso, which received "Golden Palm" on the Cannes Film Festival accompanied performance of the legendary "Buto" dancer Minh Tanaka, played with the famous Serbian trumpeter Boban Markovic and the violinist Alexander Balanescu.