- aeolian harp
- \ \  Aeolus was the Greek god of the winds (the form of the name is Latin; the original Greek was Aiolos, deriving from the adjective aiolos ‘quick-moving’). Hence the application of the epithet to a musical instrument whose strings are sounded by the breeze blowing over them. The term is first recorded in the writings of Erasmus Darwin, at the end of the 18th century.
Word origins - 2ed. J. Ayto. 2005.
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aeolian harp — n. a box with an opening in it across which gut strings of varying thickness are stretched, tuned in unison: when air blows over them, the strings produce varying harmonies … English World dictionary
Aeolian harp — An aeolian harp (or æolian harp or wind harp) is a musical instrument that is played by the wind. It is named for Aeolus, the ancient Greek god of the wind. History Aeolian harps were very popular as household instruments during the Romantic Era … Wikipedia
aeolian harp — a box with an opening across which are stretched a number of strings of equal length that are tuned in unison and sounded by the wind. Also called aeolian lyre, wind harp. [1785 95] * * * Stringed instrument played by the wind (named for the wind … Universalium
AEolian harp — Harp Harp (h[aum]rp), n. [OE. harpe, AS. hearpe; akin to D. harp, G. harfe, OHG. harpha, Dan. harpe, Icel. & Sw. harpa.] 1. A musical instrument consisting of a triangular frame furnished with strings and sometimes with pedals, held upright, and… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
AEolian harp — AEolian [AE]*o li*an, a. [L. Aeolius, Gr. ?.] 1. Of or pertaining to [AE]olia or [AE]olis, in Asia Minor, colonized by the Greeks, or to its inhabitants; [ae]olic; as, the [AE]olian dialect. [1913 Webster] 2. Pertaining to [AE]olus, the mythic… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
aeolian harp — noun a harp having strings tuned in unison; they sound when wind passes over them • Syn: ↑aeolian lyre, ↑wind harp • Hypernyms: ↑harp … Useful english dictionary
aeolian harp — /iˌoʊliən ˈhap/ (say ee.ohleeuhn hahp) noun a box over which are stretched a number of strings of equal length, tuned in unison and sounded by the wind; wind harp. Also, aeolian lyre … Australian English dictionary
aeolian harp — noun An open box over which strings are stretched that sound when the wind passes over them Syn: wind harp … Wiktionary
aeolian harp — stringed box shaped musical instrument sounding when wind passes through it, wind harp … English contemporary dictionary
aeolian harp — aeo′lian harp′ n. mad a box with an opening across which are stretched a number of strings of equal length that are tuned in unison and sounded by the wind • Etymology: 1785–95 … From formal English to slang
aeolian harp — noun Date: 1765 a box shaped musical instrument having stretched strings usually tuned in unison on which the wind produces varying harmonics over the same fundamental tone … New Collegiate Dictionary