Word Archaeology: celempung

A celempung is a large, ornate zither from Indonesia with 13 pairs of strings on two sides. It stands on legs. The body slopes toward the musician, who plays using their thumbnails – often in a gamelan ensemble. First used about 1820, the word is derived from the Javanese “calempung”.

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