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Jew's harp

or Jews' harp

noun
1.
(sometimes lowercase) a small, simple musical instrument consisting of a lyre-shaped metal frame containing a metal tongue, which is plucked while the frame is held in the teeth, the vibrations causing twanging tones.
Origin of Jew's harp
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; perhaps jocular; earlier called Jew's trump
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