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a stringed instrument used in American folk music

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a trapezoidal zither whose metal strings are struck with light hammers

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Indeed, the traditional yangqin's shape, diatonic tuning, and long hammers held between thumb and index finger suggest a provenance from the hammered dulcimers of Europe, rather than the Persian santir.
For more information on the yangqin and other types of hammered dulcimers, see Paul Gifford's The Hammered Dulcimer: A History (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2001).
It was a beautiful spring day in Chinatown when I stopped by the Mencius Society to talk with Xiao Xiannian, a virtuoso of the Chinese hammered dulcimer known as theyangqin.
The score to the silent movie The Cabinet of Dr Caligari is the first ever feature film soundtrack that has been designed, composed and performed on specially-designed hammered dulcimers.