lyre

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A lyre

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From Ancient Greek λύρα ‎(lúra, lyre, a stringed instrument with a sounding-board formed of the shell of a tortoise).

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lyre ‎(plural lyres)

  1. An ancient stringed musical instrument (chordophone) of Greek origin, consisting of two arms extending from a body to a crossbar (a yoke), and strings, parallel to the soundboard, connecting the body to the yoke; any instrument of the same musicological type.
  2. A lyre-shaped sheet music holder that attaches to a wind instrument when a music stand is impractical.

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  • (a general class of instruments): yoke lute

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