crwth

crwth

[krooth]
noun Music.

Origin:
1830–40; < Welsh; cognate with Irish cruit harp, lyre

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crwth (kruːθ)
 
n
an ancient stringed instrument of Celtic origin similar to the cithara but bowed in later types
 
[Welsh; compare Middle Irish crott harp]

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crwth

bowed Welsh lyre played from the European Middle Ages to about 1800. It was about the size of a violin. Though originally plucked, it was played with a bow from the 11th century, and a fingerboard was added behind the strings in the last part of the 13th century.

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