plec·​trum | \ ˈplek-trəm How to pronounce plectrum (audio) \
plural plectra\ ˈplek-​trə How to pronounce plectra (audio) \ or plectrums

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Recent Examples on the Web People tend to get hung up on the technical side of Montgomery's playing: his parallel octaves, his use of the thumb rather than a plectrum. John Corbett, Chicago Reader, "Chicago guitarist Tim Fitzgerald summons the joy and grace of Wes Montgomery," 29 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of plectrum

1608, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plectrum

Latin, from Greek plēktron, from plēssein to strike — more at plaint

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The first known use of plectrum was in 1608

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