from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Plural of plectrum.

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  • noun Plural form of plectrum.


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  • Implements less developed belong to a separate order of sound-producing contrivances, namely plectra, and may be described as permitting strumming by striking in place of twanging or twitching the strings.

    The Violin Its Famous Makers and Their Imitators

  • I now discover that my account type doesn't allow me to set up a poll on plectrums vs plectra, but I'm sure you lot will leave comments if you have a strong view on the subject.

    grahamsleight's Journal

  • It is made of seven or eight hard-wood slats, pinned with bamboo tacks to transverse banana trunks lying on the ground: like the grande caisse, it is played upon with sticks, plectra like tent-pegs.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • She peered inside the instrument, baffled by its complexity of strings and plectra.

    Dwellers in the Crucible

  • The Terran glimpsed fingernails reinforced with sharp steel plectra.

    Agent Of The Terran Empire

  • Both in Spain and southern France accompanying instruments struck with plectra or twanged with the fingers were adopted at a very early period, and the people of those parts attained to a high state of proficiency -- so much so indeed as to have rendered the cultivation of this description of music a national characteristic with them in the use of such instruments.

    The Violin Its Famous Makers and Their Imitators

  • Ismaraque et quondam genialis litora Naxi. tunc caras iniere fores comitique canoro225 hic chelyn, hic flauam maculoso nebrida tergo, hic thyrsos, hic plectra ferunt; hic enthea lauro tempora, Minoa crinem premit ille corona.

    The Marriage of Stella and Violentilla

  • "Santír:" Lane (M.E., chapt. xviii.) describes it as resembling the Kanún (dulcimer or zither) but with two oblique peg-pieces instead of one and double chords of wire (not treble strings of lamb's gut) and played upon with two sticks instead of the little plectra.

    Arabian nights. English

  • [FN#317] i.e. spare pegs and strings, plectra, thumb-guards, etc.

    Arabian nights. English

  • _Aristotle_ predicted, long ago, that “when the shuttle would move of itself, and plectra of themselves strike the lyre, we should need no more slaves.”

    System der volkswirthschaft. English


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