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aeolian harp

a box with an opening across which are stretched a number of strings of equal length that are tuned in unison and sounded by the wind.
Also called aeolian lyre, wind harp.
Origin of aeolian harp
First recorded in 1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It used the shrouds and stays of the still upright mainmast as an aeolian harp from which to draw horrible music.


    John William De Forest
  • He listened intently and heard instead of warblings, fine strains of music like those of an aeolian harp.

  • It was just one strain, almost as if the wind had blown over an aeolian harp.

British Dictionary definitions for aeolian harp

aeolian harp

a stringed instrument that produces a musical sound when a current of air or wind passes over the strings Also called wind harp
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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