si·​ter ˈsē-ˌter How to pronounce siter (audio)
plural siters
: a small, oblong Indonesian zither with 11 to 13 double string courses on one side of the sound box and often a second set of strings in a different tuning on the other and is plucked with the thumbnails typically in a gamelan ensemble
The siter is a smaller version of the celempung with fewer strings, and an octave higher in pitch.Jennifer Lindsay, Javanese Gamelan, 1992

Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of siter was in 1964

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“Siter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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