clavichord

clavichord

[klav-i-kawrd]
noun
an early keyboard instrument producing a soft sound by means of metal blades attached to the inner ends of the keys gently striking the strings.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin clāvichordium, equivalent to Latin clāvi(s) key + chord(a) chord2 + -ium -ium

clavichordist, noun
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clavichord (ˈklævɪˌkɔːd)
 
n
a keyboard instrument consisting of a number of thin wire strings struck from below by brass tangents. The instrument is noted for its delicate tones, since the tangents do not rebound from the string until the key is released
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin clāvichordium, from Latin clāvis key + chorda string, chord1]
 
'clavichordist
 
n

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clavichord
1457, from M.L. clavicordium, from L. clavis "a key" (see slot (2)) + chorda "a string" (see cord).
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