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harpsichord (plural harpsichords)
- (music) A musical instrument with a keyboard that produces sound through a mechanical process. When the performer presses a key, a corresponding plectrum plucks a tuned string. Harpsichord originated in late medieval Europe and is one of the most important instruments used to perform Baroque music.
- 1986. A Plain & Easy Introduction to the Harpsichord. Ruth Nurmi. Pg. 15.