Harmonica
Harmonica Har*mon"i*ca (-[i^]*k[.a]), n. [Fem. fr. L. harmonicus harmonic. See {Harmonic}, n. ] 1. A musical instrument, consisting of a series of hemispherical glasses which, by touching the edges with the dampened finger, give forth the tones; it is now called the {glass harmonica}, to distinguish it from the common harmonica, formerly called the harmonicon. [1913 Webster]

2. A toy instrument of strips of glass or metal hung on two tapes, and struck with hammers. [1913 Webster]

3. A small wind musical instrument shaped like a flat bar with holes along the thin edges, held in the hand and producing notes from multiple vibrating reeds arranged inside along its length; it was formerly called the {harmonicon}. See {harmonicon}. [PJC]


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  • harmônica — s. f. 1. Pequeno instrumento de música em que o som é produzido por lâminas de metal que se põem em vibração ao soprar e ao aspirar; gaita de beiços. 2. Órgão portátil. 3. Marimba. 4. Acordeão. 5. O mesmo que harmônio. 6. O mesmo que filarmônica …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • harmónica — s. f. 1. Pequeno instrumento de música em que o som é produzido por lâminas de metal que se põem em vibração ao soprar e ao aspirar; gaita de beiços. 2. Órgão portátil. 3. Marimba. 4. Acordeão. 5. O mesmo que harmônio. 6. O mesmo que filarmônica …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • harmonica — 1762, coined by Ben Franklin as the name for a glass harmonica, from L. fem. of harmonicus (see HARMONIC (Cf. harmonic)); modern sense of mouth organ is 1873, Amer.Eng., earlier harmonicon (1825) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Harmonica — Harmonica, s. Harmonika …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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  • Harmonica — Harmonica, ein 1761 von Benjam. Franklin erfundenes Instrument, bestehend aus einer Anzahl gläserner Halbkugeln, die vermittelst eines kleinen Loches in ihrer Mitte an einer eisernen Walze befestigt sind. Diese Glasglocken, regelmäßig an Größe… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Harmonica —   [englisch, hɑː mɔnɪkə], Mundharmonika …   Universal-Lexikon

  • harmonica — ► NOUN ▪ a small rectangular wind instrument with a row of metal reeds capable of producing different notes …   English terms dictionary

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