nail violin

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noun

a musical instrument consisting of a wooden cylinder or half cylinder with a number of nails or U-shaped metal pins inserted into its surface, played with one or two fiddle bows.

Nearby words

  1. nail set,
  2. nail skin,
  3. nail technician,
  4. nail up,
  5. nail varnish,
  6. nail-biter,
  7. nail-biting,
  8. nail-patella syndrome,
  9. nail-sick,
  10. nailbiter

Origin of nail violin

First recorded in 1880–85

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