noun zith·er \ˈzi-thər, -thər\

: a musical instrument that has strings stretched across a shallow wooden box and that is played with your fingers or a pick

Full Definition of ZITHER

:  a stringed instrument having usually 30 to 40 strings over a shallow horizontal soundboard and played with pick and fingers
zith·er·ist \-thə-rist, -thə-\ noun

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Origin of ZITHER

German, from Old High German zitara, cithara, from Latin cithara cithara — more at cither
First Known Use: 1850
ZITHER Defined for Kids


noun zith·er \ˈzi-thər, -thər\

Definition of ZITHER for Kids

:  a musical instrument with usually 30 to 40 strings that are plucked with the fingers or with a pick


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