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musical glasses

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plural noun
  1. a set of drinking glasses filled with varying amounts of water to produce ringing tones of different pitches when the player's finger is rubbed around the wet rims.

Origin of musical glasses

First recorded in 1760–70
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Historical Examples

  • I am also an accomplished waltzer; I know the use of the globes, and can play the overture to Zampa on the musical-glasses.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 107, August 18, 1894

    Various


British Dictionary definitions for musical glasses

musical glasses

pl n
  1. another term for glass harmonica
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