- Also called hammered dulcimer, hammer dulcimer. a trapezoidal zither with metal strings that are struck with light hammers.
- Also called mountain dulcimer. a modern folk instrument related to the guitar and plucked with the fingers.
Origin of dulcimer
Examples from the Web for dulcimer
You'll hear a marimba and dulcimer every so often in this crescendoing collection of stellar four-part harmonies.10 Great Bands You’ve Never Heard
May 26, 2013
It has survived in Europe as the dulcimer, or the German hackbrett.A Popular History of the Art of Music
W. S. B. Mathews
The violin, guitar, and dulcimer had lain utterly neglected and unstrung.Doctor Jones' Picnic
S. E. Chapman
It was they who gave us the dulcimer, the hautbois and the guitar; it was they who invented the serenade.The Merry-Go-Round
Carl Van Vechten
Sarmundal, from Kattyawar, Hindustan; a kind of dulcimer in a case.Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)
There was a dulcimer in the room aunt Corinne occupied with her mother.Old Caravan Days
Mary Hartwell Catherwood
- a tuned percussion instrument consisting of a set of strings of graduated length stretched over a sounding board and struck with a pair of hammers
- an instrument used in US folk music, consisting of an elliptical body, a fretted fingerboard, and usually three strings plucked with a goose quill
Word Origin and History for dulcimer
late 15c., from Middle French doulce mer, variant of doulcemele, perhaps from doulz de mer, said to represent Latin dulce "sweet" + melos "song," from Greek melos "melody."