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An electronic instrument played by moving the hands near its two antennas, often used for high tremolo effects.

[After Leo Theremin (1896-1993), Russian engineer and inventor.]


(Instruments) an electronic musical instrument, played by moving the hands through electromagnetic fields created by two metal rods
[C20: named after Leon Theremin (1896-1993), Russian scientist who invented it]


(ˈθɛr ə mɪn)

a musical instrument with electronic tone generation, the pitch and tone volume being controlled by the distance between the player's hands and two metal rods serving as antennas.
[1925–30; after Leo Theremin (b. 1896), Russian inventor]
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Noun1.theremin - an electronic musical instrument; melodies can be played by moving the right hand between two rods that serve as antennas to control pitch; the left hand controls phrasing
electronic instrument, electronic musical instrument - a musical instrument that generates sounds electronically
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