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clavicytherium

[klav-uh-sahy-theer-ee-uh m] /ˌklæv ə saɪˈθɪər i əm/
noun, plural clavicytheria
[klav-uh-sahy-theer-ee-uh] /ˌklæv ə saɪˈθɪər i ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
an upright harpsichord.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; clavi- < Medieval Latin clāvis key + cytherium, for Latin citara kithara
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Encyclopedia Article for clavicytherium

a type of vertically strung harpsichord.

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