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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cembalo a clavier with strings that are plucked by plectra mounted on pivots
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cembalo (Mus) An old name for the harpsichord.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cembalo A musical instrument of the harp family; a dulcimer. Formerly a general name for many instruments having several wire strings which were struck with hammers. The term doubtless is derived from the bell-like tone thus produced.
    • n cembalo Such an instrument played by means of keys or digitals; a harpsichord, and, later, a pianoforte or organ keyboard: short for clavicembalo.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. See Cymbal


In literature:

Two sets of six "Sonate per il cembalo" of his were published in London.
"The Pianoforte Sonata" by J.S. Shedlock
The essential distinction between the cembalo and the spinet was in the manner of tone production.
"A Popular History of the Art of Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
It is a very old instrument called the cembalo.
"How to Appreciate Music" by Gustav Kobbé
On his near left (quite close to the cembalo) are the vocal soloists.
"Handel" by Romain Rolland