Jew's harp


variants or Jews' harp
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Jew's harp was in the 15th century

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“Jew's harp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

Jew's harp

variants or Jews' harp
: a small simple musical instrument that consists of a flexible metal strip attached at one end to a flat pear-shaped frame and that is played by plucking the strip while holding the frame between the teeth

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