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zither

Syllabification: zith·er
Pronunciation: /ˈziT͟Hər
 
, ˈziTHər
 
/

Definition of zither in English:

noun

A musical instrument consisting of a flat wooden sound box with numerous strings stretched across it, placed horizontally and played with the fingers and a plectrum. It is used especially in central European folk music.
Example sentences
  • They've grown up and want us to realise it; this album is more low key and features an impressive array of instruments including a ukulele, zithers, brass and strings.
  • European zithers are all box zithers: that is, the soundboard forms the upper surface of a wooden resonator box.
  • With harps, gourds, lutes and zithers, the album takes the listener on a journey through the band's life.

Origin

mid 19th century: from German, from Latin cithara (see cittern).

Derivatives

zitherist

1
noun
Example sentences
  • The bowed zither may seem strange, but is exactly what it appears to be - a violin for zitherists.
  • Harpist and zitherists as a rule only use the thumb and three fingers.
  • She was taught by her mother, Qu Yun, a well-known zitherist.

Words that rhyme with zither

dither, hither, slither, swither, thither, whither, wither

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