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gittern

[git-ern] /ˈgɪt ərn/
noun
1.
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gittern

/ˈɡɪtɜːn/
noun
1.
(music) an obsolete medieval stringed instrument resembling the guitar Compare cittern
Word Origin
C14: from Old French guiterne, ultimately from Old Spanish guitarraguitar; see cittern
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Word Origin and History for gittern
n.

late 14c., from Old French guiterne, from Latin cithara, from Greek kithara (see guitar).

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Encyclopedia Article for gittern

either of two medieval stringed musical instruments, the guitarra latina and the guitarra morisca. The latter was also known as the guitarra saracenica.

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