Definition of orpharion in English:
A stringed instrument of the 16th and 17th centuries, resembling a bandora but tuned like an ordinary lute.
- Other plucked instruments (e.g. chitarrone, mandolin, orpharion, theorbo) used reduced or expanded versions of French or Italian lute tablature.
- Part of the Bandora family, the Orpharion is a smaller wire-strung instrument with a similar scalloped body shape.
- The orpharion and bandora were very popular with lutenists of the Elizabethan and early Stuart periods.
late 16th century: blend of the names Orpheus (see Orpheus) and Arion, musicians in Greek mythology.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in Canada
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Malaysia
Most popular in India