armonica

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English[edit]

An armonica

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Coined by Benjamin Franklin, its inventor; built on Italian armonia (harmony). Glass harmonica is a corruption of Franklin's original word, a back-formation influenced by harmonica (a reed instrument invented sixty years later).

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armonica (plural armonicas)

  1. A musical instrument made of blown-glass bowls mounted on a spindle turned originally by a foot pedal, and played with wetted fingers, producing an ethereal sound. Technically, it is a crystallophone. It has enjoyed a modern revival.

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Noun[edit]

armonica f (plural armoniche)

  1. armonica, glass harmonica
  2. (informal) harmonica, mouth organ

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armonica f sg

  1. Feminine singular of adjective armonico.

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