Definition of clarsach in English:

clarsach

Pronunciation /ˈklɑːrsəx/ /ˈklɑːsək/

noun

  • A small harp with wire strings, used in the folk and early music of Scotland and Ireland.

    • ‘She is one of the best players of the Celtic harp, the clarsach, in the country and is trying to forge a career in music.’
    • ‘I loved the unusual blend of clarsach, fiddle and djembe, with Norrie's powerful Gaelic singing adding a huge impact to the songs.’
    • ‘Her youngest daughter is currently being taught the clarsach by a Scottish harpist.’
    • ‘Bagpipes, fiddle, pipes and clarsach are heard in pubs and hotels throughout the land.’
    • ‘The tight instrumental work on clarsach, keyboard, fiddle, accordion and pipes is augmented by powerful Gaelic singing.’

Origin

Late 15th century from Scottish Gaelic, perhaps based on clar ‘table, board’.

Pronunciation

clarsach

/ˈklɑːrsəx/ /ˈklɑːsək/