from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of cithara.
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- n. Alternative form of cithara.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See cithara.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as cithara, 1.
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And only then because he's the cousin of his house's kithara (head of house, second - or third-tier, female), and his defaulting to a reflection of his former Victorian life is considered curious and charming, so he is invited to represent house Tallart at parties and festivals, and acquiesces (with some reservations).
Ah, I see, that's clearer than Woodard's book — the one you link'd under your kithara post — which goes with simply "before Middle Egyptian" seemingly implying "after or during Old E."
All in all, this instrument is quite unlike the classical kithara - a dwarf version of a lyre, but the match of the initial syllable is interesting.
That of the kithara ie. the classical lyre is an interesting case.
Though officially labelled as "sistrum" in the CHIC database, I cannot shake the feeling that this is in fact a kithara - an original primitive one.
In the middle, on a raised platform, Apollo plucked at his kithara, a seven-stringed lyre, while Dionysus blew on his double-reeded aulos.
If it's true that the name of the kithara is ultimately from a Minoan compound meaning 'three-stringed' and containing the element *ki 'three' see Paleoglot: The kithara, then it stands to reason that the similar name, kinnor, is probably likewise Minoan in origin and containing the same petrified numeral with a different second component.
The other one is a sistrum-like sign with the value "KI" perhaps *kithara, if we accept a transfer of meaning to "a small corded instrument".
Bacchylides paced behind me, carrying the kithara.
I got rid of my kithara, and went and laid my hand on her shoulder.