from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Hebrew word of disputed meaning, occurring in the titles of Psalms liii. and lxxxviii. (in the last of which the qualification leannoth is added): according to Gesenius, a lyre or cithara; according to others, antiphonal singing or a direction to sing in an antiphonal manner.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Others regard this word "mahalath" as the name simply of an old air to which the psalm was to be sung.
The conjecture is that mahalath is a guitar, and that leannoth has reference to the character of the psalm, and might be rendered "to humble or afflict," in which sense the root occurs in ver.
+ A kind of lute or guitar (mahalath), in titles to (Psalms