CLAVICEMBALO, or Gravicembalo (from Lat. clavis, key, and cymbalum, cymbal; Eng. clavicymbal, clavisymbal; Flemish, clavisinbal; Span. clavisinbanos), a keyboard musical instrument with strings plucked by means of small quill or leather plectra. "Cymbal" was the old European term for the dulcimer, and hence its place in the formation of the word.
See Pianoforte; Spinet; Virginal.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)