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  • n. Any stringed musical instrument.

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  • n. a stringed instrument of the group including harps, lutes, lyres, and zithers.

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  • n. a stringed instrument of the group including harps, lutes, lyres, and zithers


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  • "Lutes and guitars are cousins, members of the family called chordophones, instruments with vibrating strings. The earliest ancestor of this family, and therefore of all stringed instruments, was a musical hunting bow, first depicted in a Paleolithic cave painting at Trois Frères, in southern France, dating from 15,000 B.C. In this image a priest or sorcerer dressed in a bison skin holds a bow to the mouth of his mask, using his own skull as a resonator. The musical hunting bow survives as the okongo or kora, used during rituals in sub-Saharan Africa. Similar musical bows are found in South America and among Native Americans."
    —Glenn Kurtz, Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music (New York: Vintage Books, 2007), 107

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