• WordNet 3.6
    • n chordophone a stringed instrument of the group including harps, lutes, lyres, and zithers
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In science:

It belongs to the family of instruments called chordophones (which produce sound from vibrating strings), and allows the soloist to perform complex melodic and polyphonic music pieces in much the same manner as the piano.
Music in Terms of Science
Chordophones are musical instruments in which standing waves that produce sound are initiated in the strings of the instruments, such as guitars, violins, harps, pianos, etc. (some of which are shown in figure 6.1).
Music in Terms of Science