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cittern

[ sit-ern ]
/ ˈsɪt ərn /
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noun
an old musical instrument related to the guitar, having a flat, pear-shaped soundbox and wire strings.
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Origin of cittern

1550–60; blend of Latin cithara (<Greek kithára lyre, kithara) andgittern
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British Dictionary definitions for cittern

cittern

cither or cithern

/ (ˈsɪtɜːn) /

noun
a medieval stringed instrument resembling a lute but having wire strings and a flat backCompare gittern

Word Origin for cittern

C16: perhaps a blend of cither + gittern
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