American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small thin piece of metal, plastic, bone, or similar material, used to pluck the strings of certain instruments, such as the guitar or lute.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small instrument of ivory, horn, or metal used for plucking or twanging the strings of a lyre, cithara, or other similar instrument.
- n. Something like or likened to a plectrum. In anatomy: The stylohyal bone, or styloid process of the temporal bone. The uvula. The tongue.
- n. anatomy, zoology An anatomical part resembling a plectrum in shape.
- n. music A small piece of plastic, metal, ivory, etc for plucking the strings of a guitar, lyre, mandolin, etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small instrument of ivory, wood, metal, or quill, used in playing upon the lyre and other stringed instruments.
- n. a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument
- From Latin plēctrum, from Ancient Greek πλήκτρον (pléktron) “anything to strike with, an instrument for striking the lyre, a spear point”, from πλήσσειν (pléssein) “to strike, to smite, to sting”. (Wiktionary)
- Latin plēctrum, from Greek plēktron, from plēssein, plēg-, to strike. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Tlie plior - niinx, or large lyre, dedicated to Apollo, and plaj-ed upon with an ivory instrument, called plectrum, seems, from certain very intricate and minute parts always recurring in its repre - sentations, to have been a very complicated structure.”
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“The strings were struck with a kind of plectrum, held in the right hand, and were touched with the left hand immediately afterwards to stop the vibration, just as the dampers in the pianoforte fall on the string the moment the key is released.”
“The biwa is played with a kind of plectrum, called bachi, usually made of horn.”
“Hutchison's between-song banter was often hilarious and he showed no shortage of the fabled Scottish charm; he even exuded silliness as he discussed a "plectrum" (pick) that someone had given him.”
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