Definitions for jew's harp
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(or Jews'′ ) harp`
(sometimes l.c.) a small, simple musical instrument consisting of a lyre-shaped metal frame containing a metal tongue, which is plucked while the frame is held in the teeth, the vibrations causing twanging tones.
Category: Music and Dance
Origin of Jew's harp:
jew's harp, jews' harp, mouth bow(noun)
a small lyre-shaped musical instrument that is placed between the teeth and played by twanging a wire tongue while changing the shape of the mouth cavity
The Jew's harp, jew's harp, jaw harp, mouth harp, Ozark harp, trump, drymba, khomus, kubyz or juice harp, is a lamellophone instrument, which is in the category of plucked idiophones: it consists of a flexible metal or bamboo tongue or reed attached to a frame. The tongue/reed is placed in the performer's mouth and plucked with the finger to produce a note.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
From Jew, a Hebrew, and Harp, a musical instrument, the Jew's musical instrument being a "Sell low!" (Old spelling, Cello).
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