hurdy-gurdy

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A stringed hurdy-gurdy

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Possibly onomatopoeia in imitation of the sound produced by the stringed instrument.

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hurdy-gurdy ‎(not comparable)

  1. (humorous) Sounding like the Swedish language.

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hurdy-gurdy ‎(plural hurdy-gurdies)

  1. (music) A stringed instrument that produces a droning sound by turning a handle that connects to a wheel that rubs against a rosined string, with a keyboard also used to alter the pitch of the string.
  2. (music) Synonym of street organ
  3. (US, California) A water wheel with radial buckets, driven by the impact of a jet.

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