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for glass harmonica
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Harmonica \Har*mon"i*ca\ (-[i^]*k[.a]), n. [Fem. fr. L.
harmonicus harmonic. See Harmonic, n. ]
1. A musical instrument, consisting of a series of
hemispherical glasses which, by touching the edges with
the dampened finger, give forth the tones; it is now
called the glass harmonica, to distinguish it from the
common harmonica, formerly called the harmonicon.
2. A toy instrument of strips of glass or metal hung on two
tapes, and struck with hammers.
3. A small wind musical instrument shaped like a flat bar
with holes along the thin edges, held in the hand and
producing notes from multiple vibrating reeds arranged
inside along its length; it was formerly called the
harmonicon. See harmonicon.
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