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music box

or (especially British) musical box

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.
Origin of music box
1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We'll sing when the music-box plays songs, and you and Dago can dance when it plays waltzes.

    The Story of Dago Annie Fellows-Johnston
  • He touched a button and a music-box in the dragon's head began to play a tune.

    The Lost Princess of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • To console himself, the boy traded for a music-box, which he set going with a long brass lever.

    In Our Town William Allen White
  • Why, yes, a music-box could not fail to be a great delight to Daisy.

    A Little Girl in Old New York Amanda Millie Douglas
  • Newman was simply charmed, and he handled his charm as if it were a music-box which would stop if one shook it.

    The American Henry James
  • "He's nothing but a music-box with wings," Mr. Crow often croaked.

    The Tale of Bobby Bobolink Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Gertie looked at Archy and then at the music-box, and Archy looked at the music-box and then at Gertie.

  • What do you want to do with the fiddle—think it's a music-box?

  • You dont seem to have been lighting the piano-lamp lately, with the music-box accompaniment.

    Meg, of Valencia Myra Williams Jarrell
British Dictionary definitions for music-box

music box

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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