Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large variety of lute, used in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, having six to nine pairs of metal strings. It was played by means of a plectrum. Also orpheoreon.
- n. music A musical instrument of the Renaissance, part of the cittern family, whose metal strings are tuned like a lute's and plucked with the fingers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) An old instrument of the lute or cittern kind.
- Blend of Orpheus and Arion (Wiktionary)
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