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Photo of a hammered dulcimer
 
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EtymologyEdit

From Old French doulcemelle, probably from Latin dulce melos (sweet song), from Ancient Greek μέλος (mélos, melody, song).

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dulcimer (plural dulcimers)

  1. (music) A stringed instrument, with strings stretched across a sounding board, usually trapezoidal. It is played on the lap or horizontally on a table. Some have their own legs. These musical instruments are played by plucking on the strings (traditionally with a quill) or by tapping on them (in the case of the hammer dulcimers).
    The two classes of dulcimer are the "Mountain" or "Appalachian" dulcimer (plucked and played with a quill, usually a goose quill) and the hammered dulcimer (played by tapping on the strings with small "hammers"). See also: zither
    • 1797, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Kubla Khan”, in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Other Poems[1], Courier Dover Publications, published 1992, →ISBN, page 59:
      A damsel with a dulcimer / In a vision once I saw: / It was an Abyssinian maid / And on her dulcimer she played, / Singing of Mount Abora.
    • 1947 January 25, “Album Reviews: The Seven Joys of Mary—John: Jacob Niles (Disc 732)”, in The Billboard[2], volume 59, number 4, Nielsen Business Media, ISSN 0006-2510, page 32:
      Accompanying himself with his dulcimer, a plectrum instrument of his own handicraft, Niles harks back to the balladeers of old.
    • 2004, Madeline MacNeil, You Can Teach Yourself Dulcimer[3], Mel Bay Publications, →ISBN, Introduction, page 4:
      Played traditionally, the dulcimer sounds delightful with drones acenting the melody you are playing.

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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈdulsimer/, [ˈduls̠ime̞r]
  • Hyphenation: dul‧ci‧mer

NounEdit

dulcimer

  1. (music) dulcimer (instrument)

DeclensionEdit

Inflection of dulcimer (Kotus type 6/paperi, no gradation)
nominative dulcimer dulcimerit
genitive dulcimerin dulcimerien
dulcimereiden
dulcimereitten
partitive dulcimeria dulcimereita
dulcimereja
illative dulcimeriin dulcimereihin
singular plural
nominative dulcimer dulcimerit
accusative nom. dulcimer dulcimerit
gen. dulcimerin
genitive dulcimerin dulcimerien
dulcimereiden
dulcimereitten
partitive dulcimeria dulcimereita
dulcimereja
inessive dulcimerissa dulcimereissa
elative dulcimerista dulcimereista
illative dulcimeriin dulcimereihin
adessive dulcimerilla dulcimereilla
ablative dulcimerilta dulcimereilta
allative dulcimerille dulcimereille
essive dulcimerina dulcimereina
translative dulcimeriksi dulcimereiksi
instructive dulcimerein
abessive dulcimeritta dulcimereitta
comitative dulcimereineen