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harmonica Line breaks: har|mon¦ica
Pronunciation: /hɑːˈmɒnɪkə/

Definition of harmonica in English:


A small rectangular wind instrument with a row of metal reeds along its length, held against the lips and moved from side to side to produce different notes by blowing or sucking. Also called mouth organ.
Example sentences
  • He blew into his harmonica with the microphone pressed hard up to its air outlets.
  • The music is a unique sound of Irish folk ballads, traditional tunes with vocals accompanied by bazouki, bodhrán, harmonicas and whistles.
  • Finally he turned around, a harmonica pressed up against his mouth as he blew in and out.


Mid 18th century: from Latin, feminine singular or neuter plural of harmonicus 'musical' (see harmonic).

Words that rhyme with harmonica

electronica, Honecker, japonica, Monica, moniker, Salonica, santonica, veronica

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