noun or·ga·nis·trum \ˌȯ(r)gəˈnistrəm\

Definition of organistrum



  1. :  a large medieval hurdy-gurdy played by two musicians In one scene, the king and queen are playing an organistrum, the predecessor of the minstrels' hurdy-gurdy … — Benito Varela Jácome and A. Rodríguez Gonzáles, Santiago de Compostela, 1978

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Origin and Etymology of organistrum

Medieval Latin, from Latin organum organ — more at organ

First Known Use: 1847

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