Jew's harp

\ ˈjüz-ˌhärp How to pronounce Jew's harp (audio) , 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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First Known Use of Jew's harp

1595, in the meaning defined above

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“Jew's harp.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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