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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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dulcimerdul‧ci‧mer /ˈdʌlsəmə $ -ər/ noun [countable]  1 APMa musical instrument with up to 100 strings, played with light hammers2 APMa small instrument with strings that is popular in American folk music, and is played across your knees
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dulcimerThe thickness would suit a guitar but are unnecessarily heavy for a dulcimer less than half its width.Soundposts are an important feature of bowed instruments but are unsuitable for plucked instruments and will deaden the sound of a dulcimer.And he had no idea what a dulcimer sounded like anyway.Coleridge's inability to explain the dome leads him to try and carry the damsel with a dulcimer.One of the KLEZmer special instruments was the hammered dulcimer, known as a TSIMbal.Anderson shares the bill with Justina & Joyce, famed for their lush vocal harmonies accompanied by guitar and lap dulcimer.A modern dulcimer is more like the lower one in the photograph, with a double first string.The solo dulcimer player, Eugene Gladkov, is clearly a virtuoso of the first order.
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