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[ther-uh-min] /ˈθɛr ə mɪn/
a musical instrument with electronic tone generation, the pitch and tone volume being controlled by the distance between the player's hands and two metal rods serving as antennas.
Origin of theremin
1925-30; named after Leo Theremin (born 1896), Russian inventor
Related forms
thereminist, noun Unabridged
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  • Those of us who were going off shift found him toying with the theremin in the mess compartment.

    The Stoker and the Stars Algirdas Jonas Budrys (AKA John A. Sentry)
British Dictionary definitions for theremin


an electronic musical instrument, played by moving the hands through electromagnetic fields created by two metal rods
Word Origin
C20: named after Leon Theremin (1896-1993), Russian scientist who invented it
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Word Origin and History for theremin

1927, from the name of its inventor, Russian engineer Léon Thérémin (1896-1993).

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