Psaltery

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Psaltery Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    psaltery n : an ancient stringed instrument similar to the lyre or zither but having a trapezoidal sounding board under the strings
Psaltery Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Psaltery \Psal"ter*y\, n.; pl. Psalteries. [OE. sautrie, OF. psalterie, F. psalt['e]rion, L. psalterium psaltery, psalter, from Gr. ?, fr. ?. See Psalm, Psalter.] A stringed instrument of music used by the Hebrews, the form of which is not known. Praise the Lord with harp; sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. --Ps. xxxiii. 2.
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A psaltery is a stringed musical instrument of the harp or the zither family. The psaltery of Ancient Greece (Epigonion) dates from at least 2800 BC, when it was a harp-like instrument. Etymologically the word derives from the Ancient Greek ψαλτήριον (psalterion) “to touch sharply, to pluck, pull, twitch” and in the case of the strings of musical instruments, “to play a stringed instrument with the fingers, and not with the plectron.”

In the King James Version of the Bible, "psaltery," and its plural, "psalteries," is used to translate the Hebrew keliy (כלי) in Psalm 71:22 and I Chronicles 16:5; nevel (נבל) in I Samuel 10:5; 2 Samuel 6:5; I Kings 10:12; I Chronicles 13:8; 15:16, 20, 28; 25:1, 6; II Chronicles 5:12; 9:11; 20:28; 29:25; Nehemiah 12:27; Psalms 33:2; 57:6; 81:2; 92:3; 108:2; 144:9; and 150:3; and pesanterin (פסנתרין) in Daniel 3:5, 7, 10, and 15.

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