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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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An American folk instrument with metal strings, played by plucking or striking the strings with two small hammers.

Usage examples (36)
  • Joey's grandfather played the dulcimer for the fifth-grade American Folk Music Appreciation Day performance.
  • The dulcimer is a beautiful folk instrument that is one of the easiest to play.
  • Here is Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" played on a dulcimer, which is exactly how Lars intended it.
  • A Little About Dulcimers A dulcimer is a fretted instrument that most commonly includes three or four strings. for more
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  • This was the final winning word in the 1949 National Spelling Bee.
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