aeolian harp

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a box with an opening across which are stretched a number of strings of equal length that are tuned in unison and sounded by the wind.
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Also called aeolian lyre, wind harp.

Origin of aeolian harp

First recorded in 1785–95
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How to use aeolian harp in a sentence

  • It was just one strain, almost as if the wind had blown over an aeolian harp.

  • It used the shrouds and stays of the still upright mainmast as an aeolian harp from which to draw horrible music.

    Overland|John William De Forest
  • He listened intently and heard instead of warblings, fine strains of music like those of an aeolian harp.

  • Her mischievous eyes, her lips, crimson with fulness of life, were not made for such AEolian-harp sentimentalities.

British Dictionary definitions for aeolian harp

aeolian harp

a stringed instrument that produces a musical sound when a current of air or wind passes over the stringsAlso called: wind harp
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