[ aw-toh-hahrp ]
/ ˈɔ toʊˌhɑrp /
a zither having buttons that when depressed damp all strings except those to be sounded, the undamped strings being strummed to produce simple chords.
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British Dictionary definitions for autoharp
/ (ˈɔːtəʊˌhɑːp) /
trademark a zither-like musical instrument used in country-and-western music, equipped with button-controlled dampers that can prevent selected strings from sounding, thus allowing chords to be played. It is plucked with the fingers or a plectrum
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