- variants of cittern
C17: from Latin cithara, from Greek kithara lyre
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Examples from the Web for cither
The mandola was played with a quill like the mandolino and the cither.
The rose of the English cither is more usually made of bronze.
She had just decided to wile away the time by strumming upon her cither, when she descried figures approaching along the road.Star of Mercia
An Irish cither with an ivory finger-board and with ten tuning-screws of brass.
A third angel is furnished with a cither, also a favourite mediæval instrument.