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hurdy–gurdy

noun hur·dy–gur·dy \ˌhər-dē-ˈgər-dē, ˈhər-dē-ˌ\

: a stringed musical instrument that is played by turning a handle

plural hur·dy–gurdies

Full Definition of HURDY-GURDY

1
:  a stringed instrument in which sound is produced by the friction of a rosined wheel turned by a crank against the strings and the pitches are varied by keys
2
:  any of various mechanical musical instruments (as the barrel organ)

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Origin of HURDY-GURDY

probably imitative
First Known Use: 1749

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