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or clair·seach, clar·seach clar·sech, clar·seth

[klair-sakh, -suhkh, klahr-]
  1. an ancient Irish and Scottish harp.
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Origin of clarsach

< Scots Gaelic clàrsach (compare Scots clareschaw) or Irish cláirseach, MIr cláirsech
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Historical Examples

  • Names of musical instruments; as, clarsach a harp, piob, a pipe.

    Elements of Gaelic Grammar

    Alexander Stewart

  • The clarsach was the harp proper; that is, the small Celtic harp.

  • The compositions of the latter have been published under the title Clarsach na Coille (Glasgow, 1881).

British Dictionary definitions for clarsach


  1. the Celtic harp of Scotland and Ireland
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Word Origin

C15: clareschaw, from Scottish Gaelic clarsach, Irish Gaelic cláirsach harp
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