clavicembalo

[klav-i-chem-buh-loh]

Origin of clavicembalo

1730–40; < Italian < Medieval Latin clāvicymbalum, equivalent to Latin clāvi(s) key + cymbalum cymbal
Related formsclav·i·cem·bal·ist, noun
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clavicembalo

noun plural -los
  1. another name for harpsichord

Word Origin for clavicembalo

C18: from Italian, from Medieval Latin clāvis key + cymbalum cymbal
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