CLAVECIN, the French for clavisymbal or harpsichord (Ger. Clavicymbel or Dockenklavier), an abbreviation of the Flemish clavisinbal and Ital. clavicimbalo, a keyboard musical instrument in which the strings were plucked by means of a plectrum consisting of a quill mounted upon a jack.
See Pianoforte; Harpsichord.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)