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[klair-sakh, -suh kh, klahr-] /ˈklɛər sæx, -səx, ˈklɑr-/
an ancient Irish and Scottish harp.
Also, clairseach, clarseach
[klair-sakh, -suh kh, klahr-] /ˈklɛər sæx, -səx, ˈklɑr-/ (Show IPA),
clarsech, clarseth
[klair-suh kh, klahr-] /ˈklɛər səx, ˈklɑr-/ (Show IPA)
< Scots Gaelic clàrsach (compare Scots clareschaw) or Irish cláirseach, MIr cláirsech Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for clarsach


/ˈklɑrsəx; ˈklɑːsək/
the Celtic harp of Scotland and Ireland
Word Origin
C15: clareschaw, from Scottish Gaelic clarsach, Irish Gaelic cláirsach harp
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traditional harp of medieval Ireland and Scotland, characterized by a huge soundbox carved from a solid block of wood; a heavy, curved neck; and a deeply outcurved forepillar-a form shared by the medieval Scottish harp. It was designed to bear great tension from the heavy brass strings (normally 30 to 50), which were plucked by the fingernails to produce a ringing, bell-like sound. It is strung diatonically (seven notes per octave)

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