glass harmonica


: a musical instrument consisting of a series of rotating glass bowls of differing sizes played by touching the dampened edges with a finger

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The mix of electric instruments, like the electric piano, the electric bass and, at the same time, the glass harmonica and the castrati. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 3 Feb. 2023 The glockenspiel, the celesta, the glass harmonica, the piano, the fender piano, the electric bass. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 3 Feb. 2023 Her voice, haloed in the eerie whistle of a glass harmonica, is an expression of rapture and fragility filtered through an inexorable discipline. Vulture, 25 Apr. 2022 Only the glass harmonica and Crystal Baschet for the Blue Fairy deviated from that rule. Jon Burlingame, Variety, 4 Dec. 2022 Across from the church on the Paul Revere Mall, a small crowd huddled around a table beneath a tree, listening to a woman tease music out of a glass harmonica., 4 July 2021 About 10 years later, Benjamin Franklin—one of the founding fathers of the United States—invented a mechanical version of the glass harp, called the glass harmonica. Science Buddies, Scientific American, 26 Nov. 2015 Ethereal notes of a glass harmonica, its sound resembling that of clinking glasses, tinkled as incense wafted through the air. National Geographic, 5 Mar. 2019 Playing vocal tag with the eerie glass harmonica, lying on her back to sing a vocalise of erotic ecstasy, her voice bloomed with radiant allure, and Lucia was herself at last. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of glass harmonica was in 1913

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“Glass harmonica.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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