A stringed instrument played by turning a rosined wheel with a crank and depressing keys connected to tangents on the strings.
An instrument, such as a barrel organ, played by turning a crank.
An early instrument shaped like a lute or viol but played by turning a crank attached to a rosined wheel that causes the strings to vibrate.
(popularly) A barrel organ.
(music) A barrel organ.
Origin of hurdy-gurdy
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition