or Jews' harp
(sometimes lowercase) a small, simple musical instrument consisting of a lyre-shaped metal frame containing a metal tongue, which is plucked while the frame is held in the teeth, the vibrations causing twanging tones.
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Lexical Investigations: Diaspora
The history of the term diaspora shows how a word’s meaning can spread from a very specific sense to encompass much broader ones. Diaspora first entered English in the late nineteenth century to describe the scattering of Jews after their captivity in Babylonia in the fifth century B.C.E. The term originates from the Greek diasporá, meaning “a dispersion or scattering,” found in Greek translations of …
Origin of Jew's harp
First recorded in 1585–95; perhaps jocular; earlier called Jew's trump
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a musical instrument consisting of a small lyre-shaped metal frame held between the teeth, with a steel tongue plucked with the finger. Changes in pitch are produced by varying the size of the mouth cavities
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