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vox humana

[voks hyoo-mey-nuh, -mah-, -man-uh] /ˈvɒks hyuˈmeɪ nə, -ˈmɑ-, -ˈmæn ə/
noun
1.
a pipe-organ stop designed to produce tones resembling those of the human voice.
Origin of vox humana
1720-1730
1720-30; < Latin vōx humāna human voice
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  • But even in these, who does not remember the power of the vox humana stop?

    Christmas Evans Paxton Hood
  • The wonderful "vox humana" stop also belongs to this manual.

    How it Works Archibald Williams
  • The maddest musician never listened to the "vox humana" stop at Haarlem, with such delight as Charles did to these two voices.

    Ravenshoe Henry Kingsley
  • He found the vox humana “the voice of a psalm-singing clerk”.

    A Wanderer in Holland E. V. Lucas
  • He has touched the vox humana stop of the crowd; it fairly roars.

    Hans Brinker Mary Mapes Dodge
  • There is a vox humana stop out in whatever organ plays it, magnetic to the human passions that memory and imagination keep.

  • But all organs have not the vox humana stop, nor all preachers either.

    Christmas Evans Paxton Hood
  • We went through the same process again, only I kept my foot on the vox humana pedal until I had crammed it 'way into fortissimo.

    Of All Things Robert C. Benchley
  • The vox humana is the first musical instrument in the world, but then so few can perform upon it.

  • And a lady, instead of informing her friend that it was a vox humana stop, called it a vox populi.

    The Parish Clerk (1907) Peter Hampson Ditchfield
British Dictionary definitions for vox humana

vox humana

/hjuːˈmɑːnə/
noun
1.
a reed stop on an organ supposedly imitative of the human voice
Word Origin
C18: from Latin: human voice
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