harmonica

[hahr-mon-i-kuh]
noun
1.
Also called mouth organ. a musical wind instrument consisting of a small rectangular case containing a set of metal reeds connected to a row of holes, over which the player places the mouth and exhales and inhales to produce the tones.
2.
any of various percussion instruments that use graduated bars of metal or other hard material as sounding elements.

Origin:
noun use of feminine of Latin harmonicus harmonic; in the form armonica (< Italian < Latin) applied by Benjamin Franklin in 1762 to a set of musical glasses; later used of other instruments

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harmonica (hɑːˈmɒnɪkə)
 
n
1.  Also called: mouth organ a small wind instrument of the reed organ family in which reeds of graduated lengths set into a metal plate enclosed in a narrow oblong box are made to vibrate by blowing and sucking
2.  See glass harmonica
 
[C18: from Latin harmonicus relating to harmony]

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harmonica
1762, coined by Ben Franklin as the name for a glass harmonica, from L. fem. of harmonicus (see harmonic); modern sense of "mouth organ" is 1873, Amer.Eng., earlier harmonicon (1825).
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Example sentences
The two traded harmonica licks, drank red wine and played croquet.
Pay attention to this video and you'll learn how to play the harmonica.
However, many contemporary mariachis use nontraditional instruments such as the
  harmonica and accordion.
He also developed proficiency with the harmonica but was always a
  self-accompanied musician.
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