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[plek-truh m] /ˈplɛk trəm/
noun, plural plectra
[plek-truh] /ˈplɛk trə/ (Show IPA),
a small piece of plastic, metal, ivory, etc., for plucking the strings of a guitar, lyre, mandolin, etc.
Anatomy, Zoology. an anatomical part resembling a plectrum in shape.
Origin of plectrum
1620-30; < Latin plēctrum < Greek plêktron Unabridged
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noun (pl) -trums, -tra (-trə)
any implement for plucking a string, such as a small piece of plastic, wood, etc, used to strum a guitar, or the quill that plucks the string of a harpsichord
Word Origin
C17: from Latin plēctrum quill, plectrum, from Greek plektron, from plessein to strike
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Word Origin and History for plectrum

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.)).

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