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clavichord

[klav-i-kawrd] /ˈklæv ɪˌkɔrd/
noun
1.
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
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin clāvichordium, equivalent to Latin clāvi(s) key + chord(a) chord2 + -ium -ium
Related forms
clavichordist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for clavichord

clavichord

/ˈklævɪˌkɔːd/
noun
1.
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
Derived Forms
clavichordist, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin clāvichordium, from Latin clāvis key + chorda string, chord1
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Word Origin and History for clavichord
n.

mid-15c., from Medieval Latin clavicordium (15c.), from Latin clavis "a key" (see slot (n.2)) + chorda "a string" (see cord).

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