Jew's harp

noun
\ˈjüz-ˌhärp, ˈjüs-\
variants: or Jews' harp

Definition of Jew's 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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1595, in the meaning defined above

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