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- Hammered dulcimer, free-standing, most frequently but not always trapezoidal in shape, with many strings struck by handheld "hammers". This type of instrument is found in many cultures, expecially in England, in the British isles and in the north of the european continent.. Most countries have their own name for the instrument, and many have different tuning systems. Being a struck string instrument, it is considered to be among the ancestors of the piano.
- Fretted, three or four strings, generally played on the lap by strumming; including
"A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian maid,
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora."
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