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music box

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noun
  1. a box or case containing an apparatus for producing music mechanically, as by means of a comblike steel plate with tuned teeth sounded by small pegs or pins in the surface of a revolving cylinder or disk.
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Also especially British, musical box.

Origin of music box

First recorded in 1765–75
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Related Words for music box

jukebox, orchestrina, orchestrion

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British Dictionary definitions for music box

music box

musical box

noun
  1. a mechanical instrument that plays tunes by means of pins on a revolving cylinder striking the tuned teeth of a comblike metal plate, contained in a box
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