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[zith-er, zith -] /ˈzɪθ ər, ˈzɪð-/
noun
1.
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
1840-1850
1840-50; < German < Latin cithara < Greek kithárá; see kithara
Related forms
zitherist, noun
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Examples for zither
  • It is a zither since it does not have the chord bars that are on autoharps.
British Dictionary definitions for zither

zither

/ˈzɪðə/
noun
1.
a plucked musical instrument consisting of numerous strings stretched over a resonating box, a few of which may be stopped on a fretted fingerboard
Derived Forms
zitherist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from German, from Latin cithara, from Greek kithara
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Word Origin and History for zither
n.

stringed musical instrument, 1850, from German Zither, from Old High German zitara, from Latin cithara, from Greek kithara "lute" (see guitar).

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