Definition of orpharion in English:

orpharion

noun

Music
  • A stringed instrument of the 16th and 17th centuries, resembling a bandora but tuned like an ordinary lute.

    • ‘Part of the Bandora family, the Orpharion is a smaller wire-strung instrument with a similar scalloped body shape.’
    • ‘Other plucked instruments (e.g. chitarrone, mandolin, orpharion, theorbo) used reduced or expanded versions of French or Italian lute tablature.’
    • ‘The orpharion and bandora were very popular with lutenists of the Elizabethan and early Stuart periods.’

Origin

Late 16th century: blend of the names Orpheus(see Orpheus) and Arion, musicians in Greek mythology.

Pronunciation:

orpharion

/ɔːˈfarɪən/