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clavicytherium

[klav-uh-sahy-theer-ee-uh m]
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noun, plural clav·i·cy·the·ri·a [klav-uh-sahy-theer-ee-uh] /ˌklæv ə saɪˈθɪər i ə/.
  1. an upright harpsichord.
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Origin of clavicytherium

1505–15; clavi- < Medieval Latin clāvis key + cytherium, for Latin citara kithara
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  • In the clavicytherium at the Smithsonian Institution the plectra nearest the keyboard points to the player's left.

    Italian Harpsichord-Building in the 16th and 17th Centuries

    John D. Shortridge

  • For the history of the clavicytherium considered as a forerunner of the pianoforte see Pianoforte.

  • The first stringed instrument to which this new device was applied was the clavicytherium, or keyed cithara.

    How the Piano Came to Be

    Ellye Howell Glover