armonica

See also: armónica

EnglishEdit

 
An pair of hands on the bowls of a armonica.

EtymologyEdit

Coined by Benjamin Franklin, its inventor; built on Italian armonia (harmony). Glass harmonica is a corruption of Franklin's original word, a back-formation influenced by harmonica (a reed instrument invented sixty years later).

NounEdit

armonica (plural armonicas)

  1. A musical instrument made of blown-glass bowls mounted on a spindle turned originally by a foot pedal, and played with wetted fingers, producing an ethereal sound. Technically, it is a crystallophone.

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NounEdit

armonica f (plural armoniche)

  1. armonica, glass harmonica
  2. (informal) harmonica, mouth organ

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armonica

  1. feminine singular of armonico

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