glass harmonica

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glass harmonica

n.
A musical instrument consisting of a set of graduated glass bowls on a rotating spindle that produce tones when a finger is pressed to their moistened rims.

glass harmonica

n
(Instruments) a musical instrument of the 18th century consisting of a set of glass bowls of graduated pitches, played by rubbing the fingers over the moistened rims or by a keyboard mechanism. Sometimes shortened to: harmonica Also called: musical glasses

glass′ harmon′ica


n.
a musical instrument composed of a set of graduated, revolving glass bowls, the rims of which are moistened and set in vibration by friction from the fingertips.
[1905–10]
Translations
Glasharmonika
üvegharmonika
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