Harmonica meaning

här-mŏnĭ-kə
A small rectangular instrument consisting of a row of free reeds set back in air holes, played by exhaling or inhaling.
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An instrument consisting of tuned strips of metal or glass fixed to a frame and struck with a hammer.
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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.
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A musical wind instrument with a series of holes for the player to blow into, each hole producing a different note.
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A musical instrument, consisting of a series of hemispherical glasses which, by touching the edges with the dampened finger, give forth the tones.
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A toy instrument of strips of glass or metal hung on two tapes, and struck with hammers.
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A glass harmonica.
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Origin of harmonica

  • Alteration of obsolete armonica glass harmonica from Italian feminine of armonico harmonious from Latin harmonicus harmonic harmonic

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition