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

Definition of plectrum

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Recent Examples on the Web Fleck, whose Flecktones brought bluegrass into the modern era, plays much like a classical guitarist, using the right-hand plectrum technique popularized by Nashville’s Earl Scruggs. oregonlive, "29 February concerts to love for Portland’s best live music," 28 Jan. 2020 Where Herrington deftly embellished and added new parts to solos originally recorded on Steely Dan albums by such plectrum masters as Larry Carlton and Elliott Randall, O’Connor generally played his parts by the book. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Steely Dan, minus deceased co-founder Walter Becker, reeled in the years at Humphreys concert," 26 Sep. 2019 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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“Plectrum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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