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Harpsichord

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An instrument consisting of a wooden sound board enclosed in a horizontal, wing-shaped wooden cabinet with an hinged lid, set on three or more feet; equipped with a horizontally positioned wooden frame strung with a series of wire strings, a partial or full-range keyboard and a series of plectrum-equipped jacks. Used produce sounds and chords by plucking strings with the plectra, thereby causing them to vibrate.
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  • Parks Canada Descriptive and Visual Dictionary of Objects
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Term (International)
Harpsichord
French
Term (International)
Clavecin
Term gender (International)
m.
Date created
2010-01-01
Date updated
2021-05-13
Parks Canada code(s)
  • 06-00038
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https://www.nomenclature.info/nom/10703
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