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[hahr-moh-nee-uh m] /hɑrˈmoʊ ni əm/
an organlike keyboard instrument with small metal reeds and a pair of bellows operated by the player's feet.
Origin of harmonium
1840-50; Latinization of Greek harmónion, neuter of harmónios harmonious Unabridged
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Examples from the web for harmonium
  • Pumping her harmonium, she leads her band through lyrically surreal but emotionally evocative songs.
  • Many years he lived abroad, where he was devoted to music, and when he was eighty he still improvised on the harmonium.
  • harmonium programs support families by focusing on their strengths rather than their weakness.
British Dictionary definitions for harmonium


a musical keyboard instrument of the reed organ family, in which air from pedal-operated bellows causes the reeds to vibrate
Word Origin
C19: from French, from harmonieharmony
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Word Origin and History for harmonium

keyboard instrument, 1847, from French harmonium, from Greek harmonia (see harmony). Invented c.1840.

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