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mouth organ

noun
1.
harmonica (def 1).
Origin of mouth organ
1660-1670
First recorded in 1660-70
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  • I presume likely it's right enough for you to play that mouth organ of yours, Posy.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And then a voice said, timidly, "I can play the mouth organ."

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Primmie dropped the mouth organ on the floor with a metallic clatter.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "Wrong number, lady," Nick said, and again applied his lips to the mouth organ.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • He would try the effect of his mouth organ upon the Chilcat brave.

  • Joe had a mouth organ and so had Larry, and they were both in the same key.

    The Major Ralph Connor
  • British soldiers are also fond of performing on the mouth organ.

  • He continued to sit there, weeping and playing on his mouth organ all the songs his master had loved best.

  • Lulu plays Strauss's Sinfonia Domestica on the mouth organ really screamingly.

    The Inca of Perusalem George Bernard Shaw
  • There had been sounds of rough gaiety, promptly subdued, and a few bars of music on a mouth organ, checked abruptly.

    Isle o' Dreams Frederick F. Moore
British Dictionary definitions for mouth organ

mouth organ

noun
1.
another name for harmonica (sense 1)
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