noun (plural psalteries)
An ancient and medieval musical instrument like a dulcimer but played by plucking the strings with the fingers or a plectrum.
- The double psaltery had two ranks of strings, one on either side of the soundbox.
- King Nebuchadnezzar commanded everyone that at the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, psaltery, dulcimer and all kinds of music they should fall down and worship the golden image.
- Some of the Jaufre Rudel pieces are unaccompanied too, but even those in which the psaltery or harp make an appearance use these instruments most sparingly.
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