Etymology
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zither (n.)

stringed musical instrument, 1850, from German Zither, from Old High German zitara, from Latin cithara, from Greek kithara (see guitar).

updated on April 29, 2015

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Definitions of zither from WordNet

zither (n.)
a musical stringed instrument with strings stretched over a flat sounding board; it is laid flat and played with a plectrum and with fingers;
Synonyms: cither / zithern
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