Plucked string instruments are a subcategory of string instruments that are played by plucking the strings. Plucking is a way of pulling and releasing the string in such a way as to give it an impulse that causes the string to vibrate. Plucking can be done with either a plectrum. Most plucked string instruments belong to the lute family, which consist of a resonating body, a neck; the zither family does not have a neck, the strings are stretched across the soundboard. In the harp family, the strings do not run across it; the harpsichord does not fit any of these categories but is a plucked string instrument, as its strings are struck with a plectrum when the keys are depressed. Bowed string instruments, such as the violin, can be plucked in the technique known as pizzicato. Struck string instruments can be plucked as an extended technique. Plucked string instruments are not a category in the Sachs-Hornbostel classification, aside from 335 and 336, as some of them are simple chordophones and others are composite.
Agathotoma merlini is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Mangeliidae. First described in 1910, its species name refers to Martial Henri Merlin, governor-general of French Congo, it occurs on the coast of Africa, on the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe. The size of the shell varies between 8.5 mm. The solid shell is elongated and has a fusiform-subcylindrical shape; the spire contains 8 whorls. The suture is appressed; the sculpture consists of longitudinal ribs, narrower than their intervals, 10 on the body whorl, with excessively fine striae, visible only with the aid of a lens. The aperture is narrow, measuring less than half the total length of the shell; the columella is a little excavated at the top twisted at the base. The outer lip is smooth with a sinus on top and inflected below the sinus; the color of the shell is white with deciduous yellowish areas. The last three whorls show a brown subsutural zone, interrupted by the lower extremities of the ribs, which remain white.
The columella is tinged with a dark brown color. Tucker, J. K. 2004 Catalog of recent and fossil turrids. Zootaxa 682:1-1295. "Agathotoma merlini merlini". Gastropods.com. Retrieved 15 January 2019. MNHN, Paris: syntype
Thaísa Daher de Menezes or known as Thaísa Menezes or Thaísa, is a professional volleyball player from Brazil. She won back-to-back gold medals at the Olympics in 2008 and 2012, she has won numerous Best Spiker and Best Blocker Awards and is singled out as one of the greatest Brazilian players of all time. Taisa was born in the Campo Grande district, located in the western part of Rio de Janeiro, her father is a serviceman Domingos di Menezis and her mother Monica Daher is a descendant of immigrants from Lebanon. Until the age of 13, Taisa was engaged in swimming, but following the example of her brother, Tiago switched to volleyball. A year she was accepted into the youth team of the Tizhuk club, where Julio Cugna, one of the best mentors for working with young athletes, became her coach. In 2002, Taisa was invited to the Minas team - one of the strongest in Brazil, with which she won her first club level medal that same season, becoming the silver medalist of the Brazilian championship. In the same 2002, Thais made her debut in two teams of her country at once - youth and junior, becoming the champion of two championships of South America with them.
A year the volleyball player became the world champion both among youth teams and among juniors. Menezes was part of the Brazilian team. Menezes won the silver medal with Sollys Osasco at the 2010 FIVB World Club Championship, she earned the Best Spiker award. At the 2011 Pan-American Cup, Menezes was given the Best Blocker award, won the gold medal with her national team. Menezes was part of the national team who won the gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games held in Guadalajara, Mexico. In the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix, Menezes won the silver medal with her national team and the individual award of Best Blocker. Menezes was part of the national team which won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games held in London, UK. Playing with Sollys Nestlé Osasco, Menezes won the gold medal and the Best Spiker award in the 2012 FIVB Club World Championship held in Doha, Qatar. Menezes claimed the silver medal in the 2014 FIVB Club World Championship, playing with Molico Osasco, when her team lost 0-3 to the Russian Dinamo Kazan the championship match.
She was named among the championship Best Team as Best Middle Blocker. Menezes played with her national team, winning the bronze at the 2014 World Championship when her team defeated Italy 3-2 in the bronze medal match. Menezes is of partial Lebanese origin, she is cited in social media as one of the sexiest female volleyball athletes.. She was married to Guilherme Pallesi. Minas Tênis Clube Rio de Janeiro Vôlei Clube Osasco Voleibol Clube Eczacıbaşı VitrA Hinode Barueri Minas Tênis Clube 2010 FIVB Club World Championship – "Best Spiker" 2011 Pan-American Cup – "Best Blocker" 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix – "Best Server" 2012 Summer Olympics South American qualification – "Best Blocker" 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix – "Best Blocker" 2012 South American Club Championship – "Best Blocker" 2013 FIVB Club World Championship – "Best Spiker" 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix – "Most Valuable Player" 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix – "Best Middle Blocker" 2013–2014 Brazilian Superliga – "Best Blocker" 2014 FIVB World Championship – "Best Middle Blocker" 2014 FIVB Club World Championship – "Best Middle Blocker" 2016 FIVB World Grand Prix – "Best Middle Blocker" 2020 South American Club Championship – "Most Valuable Player" 2005–06 Brazilian Superliga – Champion, with Rexona-Ades 2006–07 Brazilian Superliga – Champion, with Rexona-Ades 2007–08 Brazilian Superliga – Champion, with Rexona-Ades 2009–10 Brazilian Superliga – Champion, with Sollys Osasco 2011–12 Brazilian Superliga – Champion, with Sollys Osasco 2009 South American Club Championship – Champion, with Molico Osasco 2010 South American Club Championship – Champion, with Molico Osasco 2011 South American Club Championship – Champion, with Molico Osasco 2012 South American Club Championship – Champion, with Molico Osasco 2014 South American Club Championship – Runner-up, with Molico Osasco 2015 South American Club Championship – Runner-up, with Molico Osasco 2020 South American Club Championship – Champion, with Itambé/Minas 2010 FIVB Club World Championship – Runner-up, with Sollys Osasco 2012 FIVB Club World Championship – Champion, with Sollys Nestlé Osasco 2014 FIVB Club World Championship – Runner-up, with Molico Osasco 2016 FIVB Club World Championship – Champion, with Eczacıbaşı VitrA Athlete bio at 2008 Olympics website