har·mon·i·ca | \här-ˈmä-ni-kə \

Definition of harmonica 

2 : a small rectangular wind instrument with free reeds recessed in air slots from which tones are sounded by exhaling and inhaling

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Other Words from harmonica

harmonicist \här-ˈmä-nə-sist \ noun

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Music played a large part in his life starting in Grammar school on the harmonica and later the clarinet. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Cameron David Bailey," 10 June 2018 Stanley enjoyed Polka music, especially the Jimmy Sturr Band, traveling cross country, the racetracks and playing the harmonica. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Stanley F. Dobek," 26 June 2018 Ace harmonica player Steve Guyger is also on the bill. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Dan DeLuca's Mix Picks: John Fogerty & ZZ Top in Camden, Seymour Stein's music memoir and Ivy Sole at Spruce Street Harbor Park," 21 June 2018 Phil Linz, a harmonica-playing infielder from Calvert Hall who played seven years in the major leagues, winning a World Series with the New York Yankees in 1962. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland sports history for June 3-9," 3 June 2018 Yeah, the favorite lineup for me was the Jeff Beck lineup with Paul, Chris, (lead singer/harmonica player) Keith (Relf) and myself, the 1966 lineup that had most of the hits. Ed Masley, azcentral, "The Yardbirds through the years: Jim McCarty on life with Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page," 5 June 2018 Led by harmonica player and songwriter Pierre Lacocque, the group plays blues. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, "Reggae, blues, bluegrass bands to perform for Libertyville concert series," 22 May 2018 Remember the cat that plays the harmonica? Loved it. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Lego’s new line of connected toys will let you build and program the Batmobile," 17 May 2018 Curran, meanwhile, weighed in with delicate piano chords, boisterous noises from an electronic sampler, and an occasional ruminative chord from a harmonica. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sounds and syllables do musical dance at the Other Minds Festival," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of harmonica

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for harmonica

Italian armonica, feminine of armonico harmonious

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The first known use of harmonica was in 1762

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English Language Learners Definition of harmonica

: a small musical instrument that is played with your mouth


har·mon·i·ca | \här-ˈmä-ni-kə \

Kids Definition of harmonica

: a small musical instrument held in the hand and played by the mouth

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