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An autoharp


auto- +‎ harp


autoharp (plural autoharps)

  1. A string instrument having a series of chord bars attached to dampers which mute all the strings other than those that form the desired chord
    • 2007 March 9, Jon Pareles, “Three Bands on Trips That Lead to the ’60s”, New York Times:
      Mr. Droste is usually the more ethereal, with the sweeter voice and the gentler melodies; he was the one strumming an autoharp for “Lullabye,” while Mr. Bear tapped a glockenspiel, and Christopher Taylor played a flute.


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