zither

[zith-er, zith-]
noun
a musical instrument, consisting of a flat sounding box with numerous strings stretched over it, that is placed on a horizontal surface and played with a plectrum and the fingertips.

Origin:
1840–50; < German < Latin cithara < Greek kithárá; see kithara

zitherist, noun
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zither (ˈzɪðə)
 
n
a plucked musical instrument consisting of numerous strings stretched over a resonating box, a few of which may be stopped on a fretted fingerboard
 
[C19: from German, from Latin cithara, from Greek kithara]
 
'zitherist
 
n

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zither
stringed musical instrument, 1850, from Ger. Zither, from O.H.G. zitara, from L. cithara, from Gk. kithara "lute" (see guitar).
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It is a zither since it does not have the chord bars that are on autoharps.
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