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  1. Jew's-harp(noun)

    an instrument of music, which, when placed between the teeth, gives, by means of a bent metal tongue struck by the finger, a sound which is modulated by the breath; -- called also Jew's-trump

  2. Jew's-harp(noun)

    the shackle for joining a chain cable to an anchor

  3. Origin: [Jew + harp; or possibly a corrupt. of jaw's harp; cf. G. maultrommel, lit., mouthdrum.]


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