Definitions for kitharaˈkɪθ ər ə
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
kith•a•raˈkɪθ ər ə(n.)(pl.)-ras.
a lyrelike musical instrument of ancient Greece having a wooden soundbox.
Category: Antiquities, Music and Dance
Origin of kithara:
1350–1400; ME < Gk kithára lyre; cf. guitar , zither
The cithara or kithara was an ancient Greek musical instrument in the lyre or lyra family. In modern Greek the word kithara has come to mean "guitar". The kithara was a professional version of the two-stringed lyre. As opposed to the simpler lyre, which was a folk-instrument, the kithara was primarily used by professional musicians, called kitharodes. The kithara's origins are likely Asiatic. The barbiton was a bass version of the kithara popular in the eastern Aegean and ancient Asia Minor.
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