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[kee-tuh-roh-ney; Italian kee-tahr-raw-ne] /ˌki təˈroʊ neɪ; Italian ˌki tɑrˈrɔ nɛ/
noun, plural chitarroni
[kee-tuh-roh-nee] /ˌki təˈroʊ ni/ (Show IPA)
an early musical stringed instrument of the lute family with a long neck and two pegboxes, one above the other.
1730-40; < Italian, augmentative of chitarra < Greek kithára lyre Unabridged
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/ˌkɪtɑːˈrəʊnɪ; ˌtʃɪt-/
noun (pl) -ni (-nɪ)
a large lute with a double neck in common use during the baroque period, esp in Italy
Word Origin
Italian, from chitarra, from Greek kithara lyre
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large bass lute, or archlute, developed in Rome about 1600. It was usually about 6 feet (less than 2 m) tall, with a normal lute body

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