- an upright harpsichord.
Origin of clavicytherium
1505–15; clavi- < Medieval Latin clāvis key + cytherium, for Latin citara kithara
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Examples from the Web for clavicytherium
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