Definition of orpharion in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɔːˈfarɪən/

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A stringed instrument of the 16th and 17th centuries, resembling a bandora but tuned like an ordinary lute.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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