Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small thin piece of metal, plastic, bone, or similar material, used to pluck the strings of certain instruments, such as the guitar or lute.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small instrument of ivory, horn, or metal used for plucking or twanging the strings of a lyre, cithara, or other similar instrument.
  • noun Something like or likened to a plectrum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A small instrument of ivory, wood, metal, or quill, used in playing upon the lyre and other stringed instruments.

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  • noun anatomy, zoology An anatomical part resembling a plectrum in shape.
  • noun music A small piece of plastic, metal, ivory, etc for plucking the strings of a guitar, lyre, mandolin, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin plēctrum, from Greek plēktron, from plēssein, plēg-, to strike; see plāk- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin plēctrum, from Ancient Greek πλήκτρον (pléktron) “anything to strike with, an instrument for striking the lyre, a spear point”, from πλήσσειν (pléssein) “to strike, to smite, to sting”.

Examples

  • The ants have two segments of their abdomen, that's the last section of their bodies, that they rub together and one of these sections has a whole series of grooves on them and the other half has something that we call the plectrum, that is a bit like the plectrum of a guitar except it itself has several grooves, and when they rub these two surfaces together it produces sort of chirruping type noises.

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  • Tlie plior - niinx, or large lyre, dedicated to Apollo, and plaj-ed upon with an ivory instrument, called plectrum, seems, from certain very intricate and minute parts always recurring in its repre - sentations, to have been a very complicated structure.

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