from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A five-stringed lyre used by the inhabitants of northern Africa and Abyssinia, of similar form to an instrument represented in the hands of captives on Assyrian bas-reliefs.
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- noun music A five-stringed
lyreused in Nubia, Abyssinia, and northern Africa.
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Related to cithara.
A sidenote: what do you think of the origins of other lyre-like instruments, like the Egyptian kissar or the Israelite kinnor?