sit·ar (sĭtär′, sĭ-tär)
A stringed instrument of India having a seasoned gourd for a body and a hollow wooden neck with movable raised frets. Stretched over the frets are usually 6 or 7 metal strings on which the melody is played with a pick, and stretched under the frets are 11 or more sympathetic resonating strings.
[Hindi sitār, from Persian : si, three; see trei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + tār, string; see ten- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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