from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An instrument, such as a violin, viola, cello, or double bass, in which sound is produced by plucking, striking, or bowing taut strings.
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- n. Any of very many musical instruments in which taut strings are plucked, bowed or struck in order to produce a sound
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- n. a musical instrument in which taut strings provide the source of sound
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Ps. lxi (lx) has Al Neginath in its title, and was perhaps to be sung with one stringed instrument only.
The odd-shaped one Helva identified, after a moment's reflection, as an ancient stringed instrument called a guitar.