plectrum

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English[edit]

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Plectra alias picks

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin plēctrum, from Ancient Greek πλῆκτρον (plêktron, anything to strike with, an instrument for striking the lyre, a spear point), from πλήσσειν (plḗssein, to strike, to smite, to sting).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈplɛk.tɹəm/
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Noun[edit]

plectrum (plural plectrums or plectra)

  1. (music) A small piece of plastic, metal, ivory, etc., for plucking the strings of a guitar, lyre, mandolin, etc.
  2. (anatomy, zoology) A projection of bone or other stiff tissue, such as the ridges in some insects' stridulatory organs.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Ancient Greek πλῆκτρον (plêktron), from πλήσσω (plḗssō, to strike, sting)

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Noun[edit]

plēctrum n (genitive plēctrī); second declension

  1. A plectrum; tool for playing a stringed instrument.
  2. A lyre, lute.

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative plēctrum plēctra
Genitive plēctrī plēctrōrum
Dative plēctrō plēctrīs
Accusative plēctrum plēctra
Ablative plēctrō plēctrīs
Vocative plēctrum plēctra

Descendants[edit]

  • English: plectrum
  • French: plectre
  • Italian: plettro
  • Portuguese: plectro
  • Spanish: plectro

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