Autoharp

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au·to·harp

or Au·to·harp  (ô′tō-härp′)
n.
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.

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Autoharp

(ˈɔːtəʊˌhɑːp)
n
(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
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Au•to•harp

(ˈɔ toʊˌhɑrp)
n.
a zither having buttons that when depressed damp all strings except those to be sounded.
[1880–85]
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Autoharp

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