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  1. a Persian musical instrument resembling a dulcimer.
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Origin of santir

1850–55; < Arabic sanṭīr < Greek psaltḗrion psaltery
Also called san·toor, san·tur [sahn-too r] /ˈsɑn tʊər/.
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Historical Examples

  • It was probably the predecessor of the Arab canon, which again is much the same as the santir.

    A Popular History of the Art of Music

    W. S. B. Mathews

  • Still more familiar to domestic eyes is that descendant of the Arab santir, the modern pianoforte.