a musical instrument of ancient Greece consisting of a soundbox made typically from a turtle shell, with two curved arms connected by a yoke from which strings are stretched to the body, used especially to accompany singing and recitation.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Lyra.

1175–1225; Middle English lire < Latin lyra < Greek lýra

liar, lyre. Unabridged
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lyre (laɪə)
1.  an ancient Greek stringed instrument consisting of a resonating tortoise shell to which a crossbar was attached by two projecting arms. It was plucked with a plectrum and used for accompanying songs
2.  any ancient instrument of similar design
3.  a medieval bowed instrument of the violin family
[C13: via Old French from Latin lyra, from Greek lura]

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, from O.Fr. lire, from L. lyra, from Gk. lyra, a foreign word of uncertain origin.
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Example sentences
The buying of a lyre with cash wouldn't concern me so much.
Aficionados compare their shape to the lyre and even to the scorpion's arched stinger.
He's searching for a divine lyre that could cure him.
The difference being that the lyre snake's grooved teeth are in the rear of its mouth.
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