psaltery

[ sawl-tuh-ree ]
/ ˈsɔl tə ri /

noun, plural psal·ter·ies.

an ancient musical instrument consisting of a flat sounding box with numerous strings which are plucked with the fingers or with a plectrum.
(initial capital letter) the Psalter.

Origin of psaltery

1300–50; Middle English sautrie < Middle French sauter(i)e < Late Latin psaltērium; see Psalter
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psaltery
/ (ˈsɔːltərɪ) /

noun plural -teries

music an ancient stringed instrument similar to the lyre, but having a trapezoidal sounding board over which the strings are stretched

Word Origin for psaltery

Old English: see Psalter
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