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hurdy-gurdy,

musical instrument with three strings, caused to vibrate by a wooden wheel turned by a crank. Stopping was accomplished by keys that usually affected only one string that played the melody, the others acting as drones. Usually two players were required. First described in the 10th cent., it was widely used in the Middle Ages, and survived in the works of Vivaldi, Haydn, and Mozart.

hurdy-gurdy

1. any mechanical musical instrument, such as a barrel organ
2. a medieval instrument shaped like a viol in which a rosined wheel rotated by a handle sounds the strings
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