noun, plural plec·tra [plek-truh] /ˈplɛk trə/.
- pledge of allegiance,
- pledged delegate
noun, plural plec·tra [plek-truh] /ˈplɛk trə/, plec·trums.
Origin of plectrum
Examples from the Web for plectra
Plectra of leather were also in use, as well as those of quill.Shakespeare and Music|Edward W. Naylor
The plectra nearest the keyboard points the same way whether the jack is upside down or not.
This instrument is quilled with crow quill, the most common material used for plectra at that time.Harpsichords and Clavichords|Cynthia A. Hoover
In the clavicytherium at the Smithsonian Institution the plectra nearest the keyboard points to the player's left.
The direction in which the plectra of each row of jacks should be pointing is not known.
noun plural -trums or -tra (-trə)
Word Origin for plectrum
something used to pluck the strings of a musical instrument, 1620s, from Latin plectrum, from Greek plektron "thing to strike with" (pick for a lyre, cock's spur, spear point, etc.), from plek-, root of plessein "to strike" (see plague (n.)).