dulcimer [dul′səmôr΄dul′sə mər]
[ME doucemer < OFr doulcemer < Sp dulcemele < L dulce-melos < dulce, neut. of dulcis, sweet (see DULCET) + melos < Gr, a song, strain]
1. a zither having a usually trapezoidal shape and a number of metal strings, which are struck with two small hammers by the player
2. a zither of the southern Appalachians, often long and hourglass-shaped, played on the lap or a table by plucking with a wooden plectrum or goose quill: also dulcimore [dul′səmôr΄]
3. Bible a musical instrument, variously interpreted to be a harp, bagpipe, etc.: see Dan. 3:5

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  • Dulcimer — may refer to two types of musical instruments: Appalachian dulcimer, a fretted, plucked musical instrument which is also referred to as a mountain dulcimer , lap dulcimer , hog fiddle , fretted dulcimer or simply dulcimer Hammered dulcimer, a… …   Wikipedia

  • dulcimer — ● dulcimer nom masculin (anglais dulcimer, du moyen français doulcemer, de doux et latin melos, chant) Cithare médiévale à cordes métalliques frappées à l aide de battes. Cithare à cordes pincées, utilisée dans le folklore de l Amérique du Nord.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Dulcimer —   [englisch, dʌlsɪmə], 1) Saiteninstrument mit zwei (auch mehreren) Melodiesaiten und einer Bordunsaite (Bordun); vom Scheitholz abstammendes, in den Appalachen beheimatetes Volksmusikinstrument, das vor allem durch Jean Ritchie (* 1922) in den… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Dulcimer — Dul ci*mer, n. [It. dolcemele,r Sp. dulcemele, fr. L. dulcis sweet + melos song, melody, Gr. ?; cf. OF. doulcemele. See {Dulcet}, and {Melody}.] (Mus.) (a) An instrument, having stretched metallic wires which are beaten with two light hammers… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dulcimer — (engl., spr. döllßĭmĕr) ist der englische Name des Hackbrettes (eigentlich Dulce melos, das auch als Name ältester Klaviere vorkommt) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • dulcimer — DULCIMÉR s. n. instrument medieval cu coarde ciupite sau lovite, un fel de ţiteră, strămoşul ţambalului, astăzi în perimetrul folkului. (< engl. dolcimer) Trimis de raduborza, 15.09.2007. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

  • dulcimer — late 15c., from M.Fr. doulce mer, variant of doulcemele, perhaps from doulz de mer, said to represent L. dulce sweet + melos song, from Gk. melos melody …   Etymology dictionary

  • dulcimer — ► NOUN ▪ a musical instrument with strings of graduated length struck with hand held hammers. ORIGIN Old French doulcemer, probably from Latin dulce melos sweet melody …   English terms dictionary

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