The phorminx (in "Ancient Greek φόρμιγξ) was one of the oldest of the Ancient Greek stringed "musical instruments, intermediate between the "lyre and the "kithara. It consisted of two to seven strings, richly decorated arms and a crescent-shaped sound box. It mostly probably originated from "Mesopotamia. While it seems to have been common in "Homer's day, accompanying the "rhapsodes, it was supplanted in historical times by the seven-stringed "kithara. Nevertheless, the term phorminx continued to be used as an "archaism in poetry.
The term phorminx is also sometimes used in both ancient and modern writing to refer to all four instruments of the lyre family collectively:
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