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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harmonicist \här-​ˈmä-​nə-​sist \ noun

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Eventually, the crowd wandered to the dining room to a twangy, harmonica-heavy soundtrack. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Ballroom Marfa and Max Mara Host a Riotous Spaghetti Western Gala," 7 Nov. 2018 More specifically, Jordan knows how to play the piano, guitar, bass, harmonica, French horn, and drums. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars Juniors' Host Jordan Fisher Had a Tough Time on 'DWTS'," 2 Oct. 2018 Vallillo plays mandolin, harmonica and many different types of guitars, including the bottleneck slide guitar, his favorite. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Acclaimed singer/songwriter Vallillo to honor state bicentennial at Grayslake concert," 7 June 2018 Even a wet nose can't fix this broken heart, but some harmonica and a lot of dog wails will get you through the long night. Kat Bein, Billboard, "10 Songs About Dogs," 4 June 2018 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

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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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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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