A slab of Sennacherib's exhibits four harpers arranged in two pairs, all playing with the plectrum on the antique harp.
In playing it the touching is not done with the fingers, but with a plectrum of ivory.
The instrument here introduced is the cittern, played with or without a plectrum or quill.
The plectrum used by the player is equally primitive being a fish-bone, a thorn or a bit of wood.
The instrument in use on these occasions was the antique harp, which was played, not with the hand, but with the plectrum.
One is a kind of harp, held between the left arm and the side, and played with one hand by means of a quill or plectrum.
When the key was pressed, the jack rose and the plectrum snapped the wire.
It was played by the naked hand, without a plectrum; and both hands seem to have found their employment in pulling the strings.
Its wire-strings are twanged with a plectrum made of wood and glass.
plectrum, plek′trum, n. the quill or other form of instrument by which the strings of the Greek lyre were struck.
something used to pluck the strings of a musical instrument, 1620s, from Latin plectrum, from Greek plektron "thing to strike with" (pick for a lyre, cock's spur, spear point, etc.), from plek-, root of plessein "to strike" (see plague (n.)).