mouth harp


noun South Midland and Southern U.S.

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Also called harp.

Origin of mouth harp

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05
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Example sentences from the Web for mouth harp

  • One of them has a mouth-harp which he plays upon, now and then opening his hands hollowed around the instrument.

    Back Home|Eugene Wood
  • When he dropped the mouth-harp, he lay very still for a time, though his lips moved incessantly.

    In Our Town|William Allen White
  • Finally he complained that he could not find his mouth-harp.

    In Our Town|William Allen White