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see kitharakithara
or cithara
, musical instrument of the ancient Greeks. It was a plucked instrument, a larger and stronger form of the lyre, used by professional musicians both for solo playing and for the accompaniment of poetry and song.
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a plucked stringed instrument of the ancient Greeks, related to the lyre. It had a flat wooden body with two arms, joined at the top by a crossbar, and four strings. In the first half of the seventh century B.C. the number of strings was increased to seven; later they were gradually increased to 18. Singing citharists accompanied themselves on the cithara, which was also used as a solo instrument.

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Cithara was, moreover, the term favoured by the Greek translators of the Septuagint in their rendering of kinnor.