An old cembalo or harpsichord.
a stringed musical instrument with a keyboard, often with two manuals: the strings are plucked by points of leather or quill when the keys are pressed, producing short, abrupt tones
Origin of harpsichordobsolete French harpechorde or Italian arpicordo ; from arpa (LL harpa ; from Germanic an unverified form harpa: see harp) + corda (see cord); -s- is intrusive
A keyboard instrument whose strings are plucked by means of quills or plectrums.
Origin of harpsichordAlteration of obsolete French harpechorde, from Italian arpicordo : arpa, harp (from Late Latin harpa, of Germanic origin) + corda, string (from Latin chorda, from Greek khordē; see gher&schwa;- in Indo-European roots).