plectrum

[ plek-truhm ]
/ ˈplɛk trəm /

noun, plural plec·tra [plek-truh], /ˈplɛk trə/, plec·trums.

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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Origin of plectrum

1620–30; <Latin plēctrum<Greek plêktron
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British Dictionary definitions for plectrum

plectrum
/ (ˈplɛktrəm) /

noun plural -trums or -tra (-trə)

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

Word Origin for plectrum

C17: from Latin plēctrum quill, plectrum, from Greek plektron, from plessein to strike
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