mouth harp

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mouth harp a small rectangular free-reed instrument having a row of free reeds set back in air holes and played by blowing into the desired hole
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Usage

In literature:

But I'd rather like going to your kind of a heaven if they'd let me play a mouth organ instead of a harp.
"Anne Of Avonlea" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
One of them has a mouth-harp which he plays upon, now and then opening his hands hollowed around the instrument.
"Back Home" by Eugene Wood
I stuck the harp up against his mouth.
"Sixes and Sevens" by O. Henry
I knew if he got there first he'd pick out the best harp and leave me a wheezy mouth organ.
"Sunny Slopes" by Ethel Hueston
A mouth harp's a good thing when you're alone a good deal.
"The Sagebrusher" by Emerson Hough
He carries a Jew's harp and a mouth-organ, and when not fingering one he is blowing music-hall tunes out of the other.
"The Red Horizon" by Patrick MacGill
It is the glad ministry of His grace to re-awaken silent chords, to restore broken harps, to "put new songs" in our mouths.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
And when it comes to the mouth harp, Sid just naturally can't be beat.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
While he was able to sit up he would play on his mouth harp or hack away at his window sills with his jack knife.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
Finally he complained that he could not find his mouth-harp.
"In Our Town" by William Allen White
In 1719, La Harpe commanded a fort with French troops, not far from the mouth of the Missouri river.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
You play like an angel on that mouth harp of yores, Sam, but you talk like a rasp.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
There's mouth harps in this crowd, and there's a fiddle.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
Now a jew's-harp is better than no harp, a mouth-organ is better than no organ; and an accordeon can happify a lowering twilight.
"The American Country Girl" by Martha Foote Crow
Gentle Dora begrudged him every mouthful he ate and was forever harping on his enormous appetite.
"The Shoemaker's Apron" by Parker Fillmore
One man was reading a newspaper while another sat on an end of the table playing a mouth harp.
"Hope Hathaway" by Frances Parker
He had brought along a mouth harmonica, and Hans had a jews-harp.
"The Rover Boys Down East" by Arthur M. Winfield
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