celestina

noun

cel·​es·​ti·​na
ˌseləˈstēnə,
ˌche-
plural celestinas
1
: a keyboard instrument of the late 18th century that produced sustained tones by means of a moving band of silk that touched a string when the string's key was pressed
2
Celestina plural Celestinas : any of various organ flue stops of 4′ pitch

Word History

Etymology

Italian, feminine of celestino heavenly, from celeste, from Latin caelestis

First Known Use

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of celestina was in 1787

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“Celestina.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celestina. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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