Clavichord (noun)

A musical instrument that resembles a harpsichord and produces a soft, expressive sound by means of metal tangents striking the strings.


Late middle english clavichorde, from clavi- 'of a key' + chorda 'string of a musical instrument'.


  1. The clavichord was a popular instrument in the baroque and classical periods.
  2. The unique sound of the clavichord was used to create delicate and expressive music.
  3. The clavichord was played by striking the strings with metal tangents, similar to a harpsichord.
  4. The musician was impressed by the clavichord's ability to convey emotion in a subtle way.
  5. The clavichord was eventually replaced by the piano in the 19th century.
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