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zither

play
noun zith·er \ˈzi-thər, -thər\

Simple Definition of zither

  • : 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

  1. :  a stringed instrument having usually 30 to 40 strings over a shallow horizontal soundboard and played with pick and fingers

zith·er·ist play \-thə-rist, -thə-\ noun

Illustration of zither

Origin of zither

German, from Old High German zitara, cithara, from Latin cithara cithara — more at cither


First Known Use: 1850


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