hammer shank

noun

Definition of hammer shank

: a wooden dowel bearing a hammer in a piano action

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First Known Use of hammer shank

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hammer shank was in 1896

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“Hammer shank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hammer%20shank. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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