Harpsichord meaning

härpsĭ-kôrd
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A keyboard instrument whose strings are plucked by means of quills or plectrums.
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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.
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(music) An instrument with a piano-like keyboard, which produces sound by plucking the strings.
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Origin of harpsichord

  • Alteration of obsolete French harpechorde from Italian arpicordo arpa harp (from Late Latin harpa) (of Germanic origin) corda string (from Latin chorda) (from Greek khordē gherə- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French harpechorde, from Modern Latin harpicordium, from harpa (“harp”) + corda (“string”).

    From Wiktionary