from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See clavicitherium.
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The clavicytherium was usually a very small instrument, -- an oblong box, three or four feet in length, that could be lifted by a girl of fourteen.
The site also includes images of musical instruments (clavicytherium and serpent) located in the Moravian Historical Society.
The invention of keys permitted the strings to be covered over, and therefore the strings of the clavicytherium were enclosed _in_ a box, instead of being stretched _on_