from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as cithern.

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  • noun A zither

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a musical stringed instrument with strings stretched over a flat sounding board; it is laid flat and played with a plectrum and with fingers


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  • Blaney read some of his poems, to a zithern accompaniment, but they weren't very impressive, and not nearly so poetic as the lines he had written for her.

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  • Her black hair was in two long braids, and she was carrying a small musical instrument that Philip said was a zithern.

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  • "Go, then," I said, in my sternest accents, -- "go fetch a zithern, or a banjo, or a kit, or a hurdy-gurdy, or a fiddle."

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  • But she does not call herself Signora Ballatino, and she does not play upon the zithern.

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  • He again repeated that she was the world-renowned performer on the zithern; and, undeterred by the audible remark of a lady in the pit to the effect that she'd "never 'eard on' er," added:

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  • "_Hon_ the zither," retorted the chairman, waxing mildly indignant; he meant zithern, but he called it a zither.

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  • There were three sorts of stringed instruments, the lyre, the cithara (or zithern), and the harp.

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  • She sat there with the zithern, letting her fingers glide gently over the strings.

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  • I am having a statue erected to Mesomedes, the great zithern-player -- you perhaps know his songs.

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