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Meaning of JEW'S-HARP

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a small lyre-shaped musical instrument that is placed between the teeth and played by twanging a wire tongue while changing the shape of the mouth cavity
 

JEW'S-HARP is a 10 letter word that starts with J.

 

 Synonyms: jews' harp, mouth bow
 
 See Also: instrument, musical instrument

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Jew's-harp`\, n. [Jew + harp; or possibly a corrupt.
of jaw's harp; cf. G. maultrommel, lit., mouthdrum.]
1. An instrument of music, which, when placed between the
   teeth, gives, by means of a bent metal tongue struck by
   the finger, a sound which is modulated by the breath; --
   called also {Jew's-trump}.

2. (Naut.) The shackle for joining a chain cable to an
   anchor.

 

 

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