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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Jew's′(n.)

(or Jews'′ ) harp`

  1. (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:

1585–95

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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

Freebase

  1. Jew's harp

    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

  1. JEW'S HARP

    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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