Resembling or characteristic of a lyre.

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  • lyrebird — /luyeur berrd /, n. an Australian passerine bird of the genus Menura, the male of which has a long tail that is lyrate when spread. [1825 35; LYRE + BIRD] * * * Either of two species of insectivorous suboscine passerines (family Menuridae) named… …   Universalium

  • lyre — /luyeur/, n. 1. a musical instrument of ancient Greece consisting of a soundbox made typically from a turtle shell, with two curved arms connected by a yoke from which strings are stretched to the body, used esp. to accompany singing and… …   Universalium

  • glockenspiel —    (GLOK n shpeel) [German, from Glocke: bell and spielen: to play] A portable musical instrument carried by a player in a marching band, with an array of tuned steel bars in a lyrelike frame, played with a steel rod; it has a bell like sound …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • kithara — kith•a•ra [[t]ˈkɪθ ər ə[/t]] also cithara n. pl. ras anq mad a lyrelike musical instrument of ancient Greece having a wooden soundbox • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME < Gk kithára lyre; cf. guitar, zither …   From formal English to slang

  • cith|a|ra — «SIHTH uhr uh», noun. an ancient musical instrument resembling a lyre, with a soundbox of wood and seven to eleven strings. Also, kithara. ╂[< Latin cithara < Greek kithára ancient lyrelike instrument. See etym. of doublets guitar (Cf.… …   Useful english dictionary

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