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- n. An archaic musical instrument whose exact form is uncertain, generally shown with four strings.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A musical instrument; a kind of dulcimer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small dulcimer used in the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth centuries.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a 16th century musical instrument resembling a guitar with a pear-shaped soundbox and wire strings
Probably a French diminutive form of Latin cithara, and not from Latin cista, a box. (Wiktionary)