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harpsichord


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Harpsichord  \Harp"si*chord\,  n.  [OF.  harpechorde  in  which  the 
  harpe  is  of  German  origin.  See  {Harp},  and  {Chord}.]  (Mus.) 
  A  harp-shaped  instrument  of  music  set  horizontally  on  legs, 
  like  the  grand  piano,  with  strings  of  wire,  played  by  the 
  fingers,  by  means  of  keys  provided  with  quills,  instead  of 
  hammers,  for  striking  the  strings.  It  is  now  superseded  by 
  the  piano. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  harpsichord 
  n  :  keyboard;  strings  are  plucked  by  plectra  mounted  on  pivots 




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