Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small rectangular instrument consisting of a row of free reeds set back in air holes, played by exhaling or inhaling.
  • noun A glass harmonica.
  • noun An instrument consisting of tuned strips of metal or glass fixed to a frame and struck with a hammer.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In organ-building, a mixturestop.
  • noun Same as musical glasses (which see, under glass).
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A toy instrument of strips of glass or metal hung on two tapes, and struck with hammers.
  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a musical wind instrument with a series of holes for the player to blow into, each hole producing a different note
  • noun a musical instrument, consisting of a series of hemispherical glasses which, by touching the edges with the dampened finger, give forth the tones.
  • noun a toy instrument of strips of glass or metal hung on two tapes, and struck with hammers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun 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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration of obsolete armonica, glass harmonica, from Italian, feminine of armonico, harmonious, from Latin harmonicus, harmonic; see harmonic.]

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  • So tell us, WeirdNet: Are the reeds free?

    July 3, 2008

  • I just bought my daughter her first harmonica.

    September 18, 2008

  • Aw! How old is she? My partner has a 3 year old (thus making me fatheresque) and she has this little pink, plastic, toddler-sized grand piano that she loves...

    September 18, 2008

  • It's going to be a third birthday present.

    When she reaches the age of six she will be turned out of the home to make her way on the blues club circuit.

    I love the idea of a toddler-sized grand piano! A baby-baby-grand.

    September 18, 2008

  • A harmonica is a really good first instrument because it's possible to make so many cool, crazy sounds so easily. I had one when I was about 6 and I remember giggling because I would breathe in-out through it, thus making my breath musically filtered.

    September 18, 2008

  • Plus, it's easy to learn the basics. I mean you can be playing like Bob Dylan in literally five minutes!

    September 18, 2008

  • I applaud yarb's parenting strategy. I regularly rented my spawn out to the circus from the age of six.

    September 18, 2008

  • HAHAHA, c_b! I love that comment.

    September 18, 2008

  • Gangerh, I suspect she's not kidding. ;->

    September 18, 2008

  • Well, okay. I threatened to.

    September 18, 2008