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  • n. Any of various devices that play tunes by means of pins, on a rotating disk or revolving drum, that strike or pluck metal teeth

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a box or case containing apparatus moved by clockwork so as to play certain tunes automatically. The apparatus may be driven by a wind-up spring mechanism or by batteries.

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

  • n. produces music by means of pins on a revolving cylinder that strike the tuned teeth of a comb-like metal plate


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  • And she had a box of chocolates and a musical box that played "The Man who Broke" and two other tunes, and two pairs of kid gloves for church, and a box of writing-paper – pink – with "Alice" on it in gold writing, and an egg colored red that said "A. Bastable" in ink on one side.

    The Wouldbegoods

  • It is something like a musical box to me, Miss Powle, to see Mrs. Caxton's cheese-making.

    The Old Helmet


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