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[hahr-moh-nee-uh m] /hɑrˈmoʊ ni əm/
an organlike keyboard instrument with small metal reeds and a pair of bellows operated by the player's feet.
Origin of harmonium
1840-50; Latinization of Greek harmónion, neuter of harmónios harmonious Unabridged
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  • There is a harmonium played by the tall man, and there is a choir consisting of himself and a small boy.

  • He sang an Offertory solo, accompanying himself on the harmonium.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • She remembered she had left a small black Spanish fan—a former gift of Mr. Braggs lying on the harmonium.

  • Miss Campion presided at the harmonium that evening in place of Father Letheby.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • Chord from the harmonium—the Child advances, and curtsies with much aplomb.

  • Indeed, there were some among them who deliberately said they preferred a harmonium to an organ!

    The Coxswain's Bride R.M. Ballantyne
  • The preacher commenced by announcing a hymn; a lad at the harmonium played over the tune, and the people sang.

    The Passion for Life Joseph Hocking
  • Mr. Rylands had left the harmonium and walked over to the hearth.

  • I have a brother in America, the one who sent the harmonium that you used to play on so beautifully.

    The Lake George Moore
  • "They might keep a small choir and a harmonium as well," went on Kit.

    Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
British Dictionary definitions for harmonium


a musical keyboard instrument of the reed organ family, in which air from pedal-operated bellows causes the reeds to vibrate
Word Origin
C19: from French, from harmonieharmony
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Word Origin and History for harmonium

keyboard instrument, 1847, from French harmonium, from Greek harmonia (see harmony). Invented c.1840.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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