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Jew's harp

noun \ˈjüz-ˌhärp, ˈjüs-\

Definition of Jew's harp

  1. :  a small lyre-shaped instrument that when held between the teeth gives tones from a metal tongue struck by the finger



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1595

First Known Use of jew's harp

1595

Variants of jew's harp

or Jews' harp play \ˈjüz-ˌhärp, ˈjüs-\

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