music box

noun
a box or case containing an apparatus for producing music mechanically, as by means of a comblike steel plate with tuned teeth sounded by small pegs or pins in the surface of a revolving cylinder or disk.
Also, especially British, musical box.


Origin:
1765–75

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music box or musical box
 
n
a mechanical instrument that plays tunes by means of pins on a revolving cylinder striking the tuned teeth of a comblike metal plate, contained in a box
 
musical box or musical box
 
n

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Can be used as capability switch, music box, and buzzer box.
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