a small piece of plastic, metal, ivory, etc., for plucking the strings of a guitar, lyre, mandolin, etc.
Anatomy, Zoology. an anatomical part resembling a plectrum in shape.
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How to use plectrum in a sentence
plectrum, plek′trum, n. the quill or other form of instrument by which the strings of the Greek lyre were struck.
The instrument here introduced is the cittern, played with or without a plectrum or quill.Chaucer for Children | Mrs. H. R. Haweis
It is ornamented in ebony and ivory, and has a plectrum guard inserted in the belly, as in a modern mandoline.
Mandolines are partly strung with wire, and are played with a plectrum, indispensable for metal or short strings.
He plays as he walks, using both hands, a plectrum being in the right.
British Dictionary definitions for plectrum
any implement for plucking a string, such as a small piece of plastic, wood, etc, used to strum a guitar, or the quill that plucks the string of a harpsichord
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