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2 definitions found
 for hurdy-gurdy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hurdy-gurdy \Hur"dy-gur`dy\, n. [Prob. of imitative origin.]
     1. A stringled instrument, lutelike in shape, in which the
        sound is produced by the friction of a wheel turned by a
        crank at the end, instead of by a bow, two of the strings
        being tuned as drones, while two or more, tuned in unison,
        are modulated by keys.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. In California, a water wheel with radial buckets, driven
        by the impact of a jet.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  hurdy-gurdy
      n 1: a musical instrument that makes music by rotation of a
           cylinder studded with pegs [syn: barrel organ, grind
           organ, hand organ, hurdy gurdy, hurdy-gurdy, street
           organ]

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