- a small wind instrument played with the mouth; mouth organ: it has a series of graduated metal reeds that vibrate and produce tones when air is blown or sucked across them
- glass harmonica
Origin of harmonicaL, feminine of harmonicus (see harmonic): name altered ; from earlier armonica (; from It, feminine of armonico, of same origin, originally ) by Benjamin Franklin, who developed this instrument from an earlier form
- A small rectangular instrument consisting of a row of free reeds set back in air holes, played by exhaling or inhaling. Also called mouth harp, mouth organ; also called regionally French harp.
- A glass harmonica.
- An instrument consisting of tuned strips of metal or glass fixed to a frame and struck with a hammer.
Origin of harmonicaAlteration of obsolete armonica, glass harmonica, from Italian, feminine of armonico, harmonious, from Latin harmonicus, harmonic; see harmonic.
- a musical wind instrument with a series of holes for the player to blow into, each hole producing a different note
- a musical instrument, consisting of a series of hemispherical glasses which, by touching the edges with the dampened finger, give forth the tones.
- a toy instrument of strips of glass or metal hung on two tapes, and struck with hammers.