One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An instrument having two strings.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Charles Burney (1726–1814), musician and author. From Hellenistic Greek δίχορδον instrument having two strings from Byzantine Greek δίχορδος two-stringed (although this is apparently first attested later) from ancient Greek δι- + χορδή string (of a lyre), chord.
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