harp

harp [härp]
n.
[ME < OE hearpe, akin to Ger harfe < Gmc * harpa < IE base * (s)kerb(h)-, to bend, curve (> SHRIMP): from the shape of the instrument]
1. a musical instrument with strings stretched vertically in an open, triangular frame and played by plucking with the fingers: the modern harp has usually forty-six strings and, to permit the playing of halftones, seven foot-pedals
2. a harp-shaped object or implement
3. Slang HARMONICA (sense 1)
vi.
1. to play a harp
2. to persist in talking or writing tediously or continuously (on or upon something)
vt.
Rare to give voice to; express
to give voice to; express
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the Harp
the constellation Lyra
harper
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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