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[mon-uh-kawrd] /ˈmɒn əˌkɔrd/
an acoustical instrument dating from antiquity, consisting of an oblong wooden sounding box, usually with a single string, used for the mathematical determination of musical intervals.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English monocorde < Medieval Latin monochordum < Greek monóchordon, noun use of neuter of monóchordos with one string. See mono-, chord1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for monochord


an instrument employed in acoustic analysis or investigation, consisting usually of one string stretched over a resonator of wood Also called sonometer (səˈnɒmɪtə)
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C15: from Old French, from Late Latin, from Greek monokhordon, from mono- + khordē string
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musical instrument consisting of a single string stretched over a calibrated sound box and having a movable bridge. The string was held in place over the properly positioned bridge with one hand and plucked with a plectrum held in the other

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