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dulcimer


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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  held  in  the  hands  of  the 
  performer. 
  b  An  ancient  musical  instrument  in  use  among  the  Jews. 
  --Dan.  iii.  5.  It  is  supposed  to  be  the  same  with  the 
  psaltery. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dulcimer 
  n  1:  a  stringed  instrument  used  in  American  folk  music;  an 
  elliptical  body  and  a  fretted  fingerboard  and  three 
  strings 
  2:  a  trapezoidal  zither  whose  metal  strings  are  struck  with 
  light  hammers 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Dulcimer 
  (Heb.  sumphoniah),  a  musical  instrument  mentioned  in  Dan.  3:5, 
  15,  along  with  other  instruments  there  named  as  sounded  before 
  the  golden  image.  It  was  not  a  Jewish  instrument.  In  the  margin 
  of  the  Revised  Version  it  is  styled  the  "bag-pipe."  Luther 
  translated  it  "lute,"  and  Grotius  the  "crooked  trumpet."  It  is 
  probable  that  it  was  introduced  into  Babylon  by  some  Greek  or 
  Western-Asiatic  musician.  Some  Rabbinical  commentators  render  it 
  by  "organ,"  the  well-known  instrument  composed  of  a  series  of 
  pipes,  others  by  "lyre."  The  most  probable  interpretation  is 
  that  it  was  a  bag-pipe  similar  to  the  zampagna  of  Southern 
  Europe. 
 




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