harpsichord

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An Italian harpsichord from 1677.

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

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhɑː(ɹ)p.sɪ.kɔː(ɹ)d/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhɑɹp.sɪˌkɔɹd/
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harpsichord (plural harpsichords)

  1. (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. The harpsichord originated in late medieval Europe and is one of the most important instruments used to perform Baroque music.

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