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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Definitions for psaltery

  1. an ancient musical instrument consisting of a flat sounding box with numerous strings which are plucked with the fingers or with a plectrum.
  2. (initial capital letter) the Psalter.

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Citations for psaltery
Louise returned to her chair, and Eugénie took her psaltery from the floor, sat down and began to play. Charles Gill, The Rich Woods, 2008
Then she heard music from beyond the arbor walk, a lighthearted turn on a psaltery... Margaret Frazer, The Murderer's Tale, 1996
Origin of psaltery
1300-1350
Psaltery came to English in the 14th century from the Greek psalterion meaning "stringed instrument."