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A large dulcimer capable of extensive dynamic variation and influential in the development of the piano, having 185 double strings of metal and gut sounded by means of hand-held hammers or sticks.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Keyssler's Travels. From German Panthaleon from the name of Pantaleon, German musician, composer, and instrument maker, who invented the instrument in the 1690s.
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