harmonica

EnglishEdit

 
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harmonicas (wind instruments)

EtymologyEdit

From armonica, coined by Benjamin Franklin to refer to his glass harmonica, an instrument that predated the small wind instrument by several decades.[1] Doublet of harmonic.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌhɑɹˈmɒ.nɪ.kə/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌhɑɹˈmɑ.nɪ.kə/

NounEdit

harmonica (plural harmonicas)

  1. A musical wind instrument with a series of holes for the player to blow into, each hole producing a different note
  2. A musical instrument, consisting of a series of hemispherical glasses which, by touching the edges with the dampened finger, give forth the tones.
  3. A toy instrument of strips of glass or metal hung on two tapes, and struck with hammers.

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DescendantsEdit

  • Dutch: harmonica
  • German: Harmonika
  • Spanish: armónica

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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English harmonica (musical instrument made from hemispherical glasses), coined by Benjamin Franklin as armonica based on Italian armonica, from Latin harmonica, feminine of harmonicus, from Ancient Greek ἁρμονία (harmonía, harmony).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˌɦɑrˈmoː.ni.kaː/
  • Hyphenation: har‧mo‧ni‧ca

NounEdit

harmonica f (plural harmonica's)

  1. harmonica, mouth harp (portable wind instrument)
    Synonym: mondharmonica
  2. harmonica, glass harmonica (musical instrument made from hemispherical glasses)
    Synonym: glasharmonica

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from German Harmonika; compare harmonique.

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NounEdit

harmonica m (plural harmonicas)

  1. harmonica

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