Variant of dulcimer
- a zither having a usually trapezoidal shape and a number of metal strings, which are struck with two small hammers by the player
- 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 quillalso dulcimore
- Bible a musical instrument, variously interpreted to be a harp, bagpipe, etc.: see Dan. 3:5
Origin: ME doucemer < OFr doulcemer < Sp dulcemele < L dulce-melos < dulce, neut. of dulcis, sweet (see dulcet) + melos < Gr, a song, strain
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