plectrum

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English[edit]

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Plectra alias picks

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin plēctrum, from Ancient Greek πλήκτρον (pléktron) “anything to strike with, an instrument for striking the lyre, a spear point”, from πλήσσειν (pléssein) “to strike, to smite, to sting”.

Noun[edit]

plectrum (plural plectrums or plectra)

  1. (anatomy, zoology) An anatomical part resembling a plectrum in shape.
  2. (music) A small piece of plastic, metal, ivory, etc for plucking the strings of a guitar, lyre, mandolin, etc.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek πλῆκτρον (plêktron), from πλήσσειν (plḗssein, to strike, sting)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

plēctrum n (genitive plēctrī); second declension

  1. A plectrum; tool for playing a stringed instrument.
  2. A lyre, lute.

Inflection[edit]

Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative plēctrum plēctra
genitive plēctrī plēctrōrum
dative plēctrō plēctrīs
accusative plēctrum plēctra
ablative plēctrō plēctrīs
vocative plēctrum plēctra

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