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Psalter

[sawl-ter] /ˈsɔl tər/
noun
1.
the Biblical book of Psalms.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) a psalmbook.
Origin
900
before 900; < Late Latin psaltērium the Psalter, Latin: a psaltery < Greek psaltḗrion stringed instrument; replacing Middle English sauter (< Anglo-French < Late Latin) and Old English saltere (< Late Latin, as above)
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Psalter

/ˈsɔːltə/
noun
1.
another name for Psalms, esp in the version in the Book of Common Prayer
2.
a translation, musical, or metrical version of the Psalms
3.
a devotional or liturgical book containing a version of Psalms, often with a musical setting
Word Origin
Old English psaltere, from Late Latin psaltērium, from Greek psaltērion stringed instrument, from psallein to play a stringed instrument
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Word Origin and History for Psalter
psalter
"the Book of Psalms," O.E. saltere, psaltere, from Church L. psalterium "the songs of David," from L., lit. "stringed instrument played by twanging," from Gk. psalterion, from psallein "to pluck, play on a stringed instrument."
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