noun, plural plec·tra [plek-truh] /ˈplɛk trə/, plec·trums.
Origin of plectrum
Examples from the Web for plectrum
Historical Examples of 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
To calm himself he drew it to him, took up the plectrum, and began to play.The Bride of the Nile, Complete
Its wire-strings are twanged with a plectrum made of wood and glass.
Rabab, a kind of guitar of the Hindus, played with a plectrum.
In playing it the touching is not done with the fingers, but with a plectrum of ivory.A Japanese Boy
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.)).