What does the word zither mean?

Usage examples for zither

  1. Afar, in the Desert some wild voice sings To a jangling zither with minor strings, And, under the stars growing keen above, I think of the thing that I love. – India's Love Lyrics by Adela Florence Cory Nicolson (AKA Laurence Hope), et al.
  2. As I came nearer I heard the sound of a violin and a zither, both most vilely played, jingling out a waltz. – The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason
  3. Below there are six other angels, three on each side with a lily between them, playing, those on the right on a violin, a flute, and a zither, those on the left on a harp, a triangle, and a guitar. – Portuguese Architecture by Walter Crum Watson
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