Definition and background:
Generic term used for stringed instruments. Technically it refers to an instrument that is sounded by bowing, plucking, or striking a string that is stretched between two fixed points. describes a type of instrument in which the sound is produced by a vibrating string. common examples include a guitar, harp and violin.
A musical instrument that makes its sound by a vibrating string.
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