Definitions for: Dulcimer


[n] a trapezoidal zither whose metal strings are struck with light hammers
[n] a stringed instrument used in American folk music; an elliptical body and a fretted fingerboard and three strings



Webster (1913) Definition: Dul"ci*mer, n. [It. dolcemele,r Sp. dulcemele, fr. L.
dulcis sweet + melos song, melody, Gr. ?; cf. OF. doulcemele.
See Dulcet, and Melody.] (Mus.)
(a) An instrument, having stretched metallic wires which are
beaten with two light hammers held in the hands of the
performer.
(b) An ancient musical instrument in use among the Jews.
--Dan. iii. 5. It is supposed to be the same with the
psaltery.

See Also: cither, stringed instrument, zither, zithern

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