orpharion

noun
or·​phar·​i·​on | \ ȯ(r)ˈfa(a)rēən \
variants: or orpheoreon \ ˌȯ(r)fēˈōrēən \ or orpherian \ ȯ(r)ˈfirēən \
plural -s

Definition of orpharion

: an old musical instrument of the cittern family having six to nine pairs of metal strings played with a plectrum

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History and Etymology for orpharion

orpharion probably from Orpheus, poet and musician in Greek mythology + Arion, 7th century b.c. semilegendary Greek poet; orpheoreon or orpherian alteration of orpharion

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“Orpharion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orpharion. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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