aeolian harp

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Aeolian harp

An instrument consisting of an open box over which are stretched strings that sound when the wind passes over them. Also called wind harp.

[From Aeolian, relating to Aeolus, god of the winds.]

aeolian harp

(Instruments) a stringed instrument that produces a musical sound when a current of air or wind passes over the strings. Also called: wind harp

aeo′lian harp′

a box with an opening across which are stretched a number of strings of equal length that are tuned in unison and sounded by the wind.
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Noun1.aeolian harp - a harp having strings tuned in unisonaeolian harp - a harp having strings tuned in unison; they sound when wind passes over them
harp - a chordophone that has a triangular frame consisting of a sounding board and a pillar and a curved neck; the strings stretched between the neck and the soundbox are plucked with the fingers
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They are preceded by "Der Kuss," by Ludwig Holty, as rewritten by Johann Heinrich Voss, (45) and followed by "Der Schmied," by Uhland, and "An eine Aeolsharfe," by Eduard Morike.
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