Word of the DayTuesday, August 20, 2013
\SAWL-tuh-ree\ , noun;
an ancient musical instrument consisting of a flat sounding box with numerous strings which are plucked with the fingers or with a plectrum.
(initial capital letter) the Psalter.
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
Psaltery came to English in the 14th century from the Greek psalterion meaning "stringed instrument."
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