- a musical instrument composed of a set of graduated, revolving glass bowls, the rims of which are moistened and set in vibration by friction from the fingertips.
Origin of glass harmonica
First recorded in 1905–10
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The glass-harmonica is evidently hurtful to the health of the performer.
- a musical instrument of the 18th century consisting of a set of glass bowls of graduated pitches, played by rubbing the fingers over the moistened rims or by a keyboard mechanismSometimes shortened to: harmonica Also called: musical glasses
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