noun har·mon·i·chord \härˈmänəˌkȯrd\

Definition of harmonichord



  1. :  a 19th-century keyboard instrument in which the strings' tones can be sustained and swelled by means of a rotating cylinder that transfers its vibrations to the strings by means of a rod

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Origin and Etymology of harmonichord

French harmonicorde, from harmonie harmony (from Old French armonie) + -corde -chord — more at harmony

First Known Use: 1835

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