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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

psaltery

\SAWL-tuh-ree\ , noun;
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.
Quotes:
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:
Psaltery came to English in the 14th century from the Greek psalterion meaning "stringed instrument."
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