One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small lyre-shaped musical instrument held between the teeth and struck with a finger. It can produce only one note, but harmonics are sounded by the player altering the shape of the mouth cavity.
- ‘No furniture, no clothing, no jewelry, and only one musical instrument, a Jew's harp, were found.’
- ‘And these other guys are no slouches, either, as they prove while seamlessly incorporating bagpipes and Jew's harps.’
- ‘Playing the accordion, violin, Jew's harp and the zither, a harp-like instrument laid flat on a table, these East Europeans brought Inglewood alive.’
- ‘The group also use a variety of different sounds throughout this record, including the harmonica, flugalhorn, clarinet, and Jew's harp.’
- ‘They used leaves, Jew's harps, harmonicas, and violins to create a ‘fair razz-a-ma-tazz.’’
- ‘Nowadays, Monk is primarily a vocal composer, although her music often deploys conventional instruments, from piano to Jew's harp.’
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