orpharion

noun or·phar·i·on \ȯ(r)ˈfa(a)rēən\
variants: or

orpheoreon

\ˌȯ(r)fēˈōrēən\ or

orpherian

\ȯ(r)ˈfirēən\

Definition of orpharion

plural

-s

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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 — more at arion


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