HumanitiesWeb.org - Glossary definition: Lyre
Lyre

An ancient stringed instrument. Two projecting arms support a crossbar, from which strings are stretched down to the soundbox. The lyre and the related kithara were popular stringed instruments in ancient Greece. The lyre is still played in forms of ethnic music. The Greeks plucked the strings with a plectrum; in other cultures the fingers are used.

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