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  • n. Plural form of hurdy-gurdy.


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  • Learn all about them — from hurdy-gurdies to rauschpfeifes — through the fascinating Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Instruments site.

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  • Hurdy Gurdy, "Prototyp": Garmarna's Stefan Brisland-Ferner and Hedningarna's Totte Mattson take two Swedish hurdy-gurdies and a smattering of electronics and produce one of the most groundbreaking albums you're going to hear from anybody in any genre.

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  • On an April Monday evening, when a small moon passed shyly over the city and the streets were filled with the sound of hurdy-gurdies and the spring cries of dancing children, Mr. Wrenn pranced down to the basement dining-room early, for Nelly Croubel would be down there talking to Mrs. Arty, and he gaily wanted to make plans for a picnic to occur the coming Sunday.

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  • Howe many people know how the 18th century hurdy-gurdies at the V&A should sound?

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  • Musicians blowing oliphants, cranking hurdy-gurdies, and pounding on drums led a bright procession along the wharves.

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  • Fig. 13 shows the arrangement of the machinery for hoisting and pumping, which was identical at the several shafts, except that the hurdy-gurdies varied from 16½ feet in diameter at the upper shaft to 21 feet at the lowest shaft.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 455, September 20, 1884

  • She would go for a long walk -- far enough at least to escape from hurdy-gurdies and chattering girls.

    Betty Wales, Sophomore

  • "And haven't a proper feeling for hurdy-gurdies," finished Madeline.

    Betty Wales, Sophomore

  • Hospital inmates will usually be content with hurdy-gurdies, and the poorer classes may be supplied with ballads at their own homes.

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  • A recent writer, in an essay on the "Plague of Music," remarks that under the name of music we are afflicted with every variety of noise; for example, the sounds produced by hurdy-gurdies, bag-pipes and minstrels; the harpman, the lady who has seen better days, and who sings before our house in the evening.

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