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any implement for plucking a string, such as a small piece of plastic, wood, etc., used to strum a guitar, or the quill that plucks the string of a harpsichord



a small, thin piece of ivory, plastic, metal, or goose quill or a ring with a “claw” that is worn on the finger. A plectrum is used to pluck the strings and to produce tremolo on plucked stringed instruments, such as the zither, mandolin, and domra.

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The unique mosaic of the guitar legend made from more than 5,000 plectrums went on show at London's Abbey Road Studios.
Photo (1--2) Hawaii humorist Will Hoover shows off some of the plectrums that took him to New York and back during two years of work on his new book, "Picks
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Hundreds of bands across the country have sent in plectrums, (for the uninitiated these are plastic triangles used to play a guitar) to the women who will be displaying them in a gallery before auctioning them to raise money for teenage mental health.
Plectrums and drumsticks were thrown in the crowd and the lads happily shook hands with fans and waved to everyone.
It will feature items such as Japanese and Russian lyric sheets, rare single issues, plectrums and even tour jackets that once belonged to the band.
GORGEOUS model Nikki Ziering rocked Los Angeles Fashion Week yesterday - by wearing a bikini made from guitar plectrums belonging to hit heavy metal band Guns and Roses.
I ended the night hoarse, with aching arms, stinging hands, ringing ears and one of Steve Morse's plectrums.
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Two shamisen players use plectrums the size of trowels to strike these three-stringed Okinawan banjos.
Ben developed the idea for designing guitars after creating plectrums from unusual materials.