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psaltery

(sôl`tərē, –trē), stringed musical instrument. It has a flat soundboard over which a variable number of strings are stretched. Its origin was in the Middle East, and it is referred to in the Bible. It appeared in Europe in the 12th cent. and flourished until the late Middle Ages. The term psaltery is sometimes used as a generic term for all plucked zithers having flat bodies. The instrument is similar to a hammered dulcimerdulcimer
, stringed musical instrument. It is a wooden box with strings stretched over it that are struck with small mallets. The number of strings may vary. The dulcimer is related to the psaltery and modern zither.
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 but is plucked instead of hammered.

psaltery

Music an ancient stringed instrument similar to the lyre, but having a trapezoidal sounding board over which the strings are stretched
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The psalteries that initiated The Civil War project date back to the time of the American Civil War, while the hurdy-gurdy is more tied to a spirit of pastoral British medievalism.
Here we are given the names and numbers of the Levites and the type of instruments used: "Thus all Israel brought up the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn and with trumpets and cymbals, sounding aloud with psalteries and harps.
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Their current product offering includes thumb pianos, psalteries, banjos, ukuleles, harps, and Rock-it Sticks[TM].
Take thou away from Me the noise of thy songs; And let Me not hear the melody of thy psalteries.