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lyre (plural lyres)
- (music) An ancient stringed musical instrument (a yoke lute 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 classification; any yoke lute.
- A lyre-shaped sheet music holder that attaches to a wind instrument when a music stand is impractical.
- (a general class of instruments): yoke lute
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stringed musical instrument
lyre-shaped music holder
- lyre in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- lyre in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911