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see citterncittern
, stringed musical instrument of the guitar family having an oval body, a flat back, and a fretted neck. Its strings, made of wire and varying in number, were plucked. It was first made in the Middle Ages and at that time was usually called citole or sitole.
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Thus, The conscience is converted into palms, Like windy citherns hankering for hymns.
and its source in Plutarch is interesting: 'rowing after the sounde of the musicke of flutes, howboyes, citherns, violls, and such other instruments as they played upon in the barge' (Narrative and dramatic sources of Shakespeare, ed.