noun, plural plec·tra [plek-truh] /ˈplɛk trə/, plec·trums.
Origin of plectrum
Examples from the Web for plectrum
The Greek harp was played by picking the strings with the fingers or with a plectrum.How the Piano Came to Be|Ellye Howell Glover
Bandurria; Spanish, eighteenth century; played with a plectrum usually made of tortoise-shell.Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)|Carl Engel
In playing it the touching is not done with the fingers, but with a plectrum of ivory.A Japanese Boy|Shigemi Shiukichi
To calm himself he drew it to him, took up the plectrum, and began to play.The Bride of the Nile, Complete|Georg Ebers
The harp was probably like a large guitar, only it was played like a mandolin, with a plectrum.Hebrew Life and Times|Harold B. Hunting
British Dictionary definitions for plectrum
noun plural -trums or -tra (-trə)
Word Origin for plectrum
Word Origin and History 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.)).