harpsichord

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English[edit]

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An Italian harpsichord from 1677.

Etymology[edit]

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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Noun[edit]

harpsichord ‎(plural harpsichords)

  1. (music) A musical instrument that produces sound by plucking the strings with a plectrum through a mechanical process when the performer presses on a key on a piano-like keyboard, originating in Middle Ages Europe.

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