noun clav·i·chord \ˈkla-və-ˌkrd\

: a musical instrument that is similar to a piano and was played mostly in the past before the piano was invented

Full Definition of CLAVICHORD

:  an early keyboard instrument having strings struck by tangents attached directly to the key ends
clav·i·chord·ist \-ˌkr-dist\ noun


Medieval Latin clavichordium, from Latin clavis key + chorda string — more at cord
First Known Use: 15th century


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