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or Au·to·harp  (ô′tō-härp′)
A musical instrument resembling a zither equipped with a row of buttons, each of which damps all of the strings except those forming a desired chord.

[Originally a trademark.]


(Instruments) trademark a zither-like musical instrument used in country-and-western music, equipped with button-controlled dampers that can prevent selected strings from sounding, thus allowing chords to be played. It is plucked with the fingers or a plectrum


(ˈɔ toʊˌhɑrp)
a zither having buttons that when depressed damp all strings except those to be sounded.


A small zither-like musical instrument popular in the early twentieth century.
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