Jew’s harp

Jew’s harp

Jew’s harp or Jews’ harp Word Origin noun

  1. (sometimes lowercase) a small, simple musical instrument consisting of a lyre-shaped metal frame containing a metal tongue, which is plucked while the frame is held in the teeth, the vibrations causing twanging tones.

Origin of Jew’s harp First recorded in 1585–95; perhaps jocular; earlier called Jew’s trump British Dictionary definitions for jew’s-harp jew’s-harp noun

  1. a musical instrument consisting of a small lyre-shaped metal frame held between the teeth, with a steel tongue plucked with the finger. Changes in pitch are produced by varying the size of the mouth cavities

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