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Topic: MUSIC

Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: doulcemer, perhaps from Latin dulce melos 'sweet song'

dulcimer

noun
     
dul‧ci‧mer [countable]
1APM a musical instrument with up to 100 strings, played with light hammers
2APM a small instrument with strings that is popular in American folk music, and is played across your knees
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