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[lahyuh r] /laɪər/

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 especially to accompany singing and recitation.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Lyra.
an ancient Greek stringed instrument consisting of a resonating tortoise shell to which a crossbar was attached by two projecting arms. It was plucked with a plectrum and used for accompanying songs
any ancient instrument of similar design
a medieval bowed instrument of the violin family

harp-like instrument, c.1200, from Old French lire “lyre,” from Latin lyra, from Greek lyra, a foreign word of uncertain origin.


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