from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music A small rectangular instrument consisting of a row of free reeds set back in air holes, played by exhaling or inhaling. Also called mouth harp, mouth organ; also called regionally French harp.
- n. Music A glass harmonica.
- n. Music An instrument consisting of tuned strips of metal or glass fixed to a frame and struck with a hammer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a musical wind instrument with a series of holes for the player to blow into, each hole producing a different note
- n. a musical instrument, consisting of a series of hemispherical glasses which, by touching the edges with the dampened finger, give forth the tones.
- n. a toy instrument of strips of glass or metal hung on two tapes, and struck with hammers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A musical instrument, consisting of a series of hemispherical glasses which, by touching the edges with the dampened finger, give forth the tones; it is now called the glass harmonica, to distinguish it from the common harmonica, formerly called the harmonicon.
- n. A toy instrument of strips of glass or metal hung on two tapes, and struck with hammers.
- n. A small wind musical instrument shaped like a flat bar with holes along the thin edges, held in the hand and producing notes from multiple vibrating reeds arranged inside along its length; it was formerly called the harmonicon. See harmonicon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as musical glasses (which see, under glass).
- n. A musical toy consisting of a set of small metallic reeds so mounted in a case that they may be played by the breath, certain tones being produced by expiration, others by inhalation. Also called harmonicon.
- n. In organ-building, a mixturestop.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small rectangular free-reed instrument having a row of free reeds set back in air holes and played by blowing into the desired hole
Alteration of obsolete armonica, glass harmonica, from Italian, feminine of armonico, harmonious, from Latin harmonicus, harmonic; see harmonic.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)