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musical glasses

plural noun
  1. a set of drinking glasses filled with varying amounts of water to produce ringing tones of different pitches when the player's finger is rubbed around the wet rims.
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Origin of musical glasses

First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for musical glasses

Historical Examples

  • I am also an accomplished waltzer; I know the use of the globes, and can play the overture to Zampa on the musical-glasses.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 107, August 18, 1894

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British Dictionary definitions for musical glasses

musical glasses

pl n
  1. another term for glass harmonica
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