from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Greek musical instrument resembling the cithara, having about twenty strings tuned in octaves two by two.
  • n. A Lydian flute or flageolet.
  • n. A monochord.


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  • Now rose on the perfumed air the sound of instruments, from the sweet, low tones of the flute and golden notes of the magadis, to the resounding clang of the cymbals and the beat of the timbrels, playing the 'March of Hell.'

    Saronia A Romance of Ancient Ephesus

  • Often have I strung the magada [Gr. magadis, an instrument of 20 strings, giving ten tones] measuring the strings according to numerical values, and stretching them over the wood in order to catch with my ear the difference between the tones, and at the same time to gladden my heart with the sweet melody.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize


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