(Italian dolcimello), according to Bishop (Musical
Dictionary, p. 45), is “a triangular chest strung with wires, which
are struck with a little rod held in each hand;” but the word
“symphonia,” translated dulcimer in Daniel iii. 5, was a species
of bagpipe. Fürst deduces it from the Hebrew smpn (a pipe).
“The sound of cornet, flute, harp, sackbut psaltery, [symphony] or
dulcimer, and all kinds of music.” —Dan. iii. 5.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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