from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A narrow, often hourglass-shaped stringed instrument having three or four strings and a fretted fingerboard, typically held flat across the knees while sitting and played by plucking or strumming. Also called Appalachian dulcimer, mountain dulcimer.
- n. The hammered dulcimer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A stringed instrument, with strings stretched across a sounding board, usually trapezoidal. It's played on the lap or horizontally on a table. Some have their own legs. These musical instruments are played by plucking on the strings (traditionally with a quill) or by tapping on them (in the case of the hammer dulcimers).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument, having stretched metallic wires which are beaten with two light hammers held in the hands of the performer.
- n. An ancient musical instrument in use among the Jews. Dan. iii. 5. It is supposed to be the same with the psaltery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A musical instrument consisting of a body shaped like a trapezium, over which are stretched a number of metallic strings, having a compass—sometimes diatonic, sometimes chromatic—of from 2 to 3 octaves.
- n. A kind of woman's bonnet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
No collecting of musical instruments here, although I have to say that I seriously contemplated learning the viola or mountain dulcimer for about a year ... and then remembered that my old piano teacher had gone grey trying to teach me rhythm.
The baby had not been christened yet, but Diamond, in reading his Bible, had come upon the word dulcimer, and thought it so pretty that ever after he called his sister Dulcimer!
Here is Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" played on a dulcimer, which is exactly how Lars intended it.
The dulcimer is a beautiful folk instrument that is one of the easiest to play.
A Little About Dulcimers A dulcimer is a fretted instrument that most commonly includes three or four strings.
Once upon a time, I played a fairly decent version of "On the Banks of the Ohio" on my mountain dulcimer, which is pictured below.
I played hammered dulcimer, which is a completely different instrument, on my first record, on the song "The Red Plains."
Among the names of musical instruments in Daniel iii. 5 and 15, the sixth, generally but wrongly rendered "dulcimer," is thought by many scholars to signify a kind of bag-pipe (see commentaries on _Daniel_ and the theological encyc.).
(which was of course derived from the Egyptian _nabla_, just as the _kinnor_ probably was in some mysterious manner derived from the Chinese _kin_) was a kind of dulcimer or zither, an oblong box with strings which were struck by small hammers.
In the 1750s, in the German town of Bethany on the Georgia frontier, the wife of the local school master was publicly censured and her husband dismissed from his position after she “conceived a lust to dance, and actually did dance” to the sounds of a dulcimer.