Meaning of LYRE in English


/luyeur/ , n.

1. a musical instrument of ancient Greece consisting of a soundbox made typically from a turtle shell, with two curved arms connected by a yoke from which strings are stretched to the body, used esp. to accompany singing and recitation.

2. ( cap. ) Astron. the constellation Lyra.

[ 1175-1225; ME lire lyra lýra ]

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