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French harp n

1 A harmonica.chiefly West Midland, Texas, CentralSee Map

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  • 1891 Riley Swimmin’-Hole 11 IN, A slice of worter-melon’s like a frenchharp in theyr hands.
  • 1905 DN 3.80 nwAR, French harp. . . Harmonica. Common.
  • 1908 DN 3.313 eAL, wGA.
  • 1912 DN 3.568 MS, MO.
  • 1915 DN 4.183 swVA.
  • c1940 Hall Coll. wNC, eTN, I was told of an accomplished player . . known as ‘French Harp’ Slim, who . . has made some phonograph records.
  • 1958 Humphrey Home from the Hill 51 neTX, And from his jumper pocket he would draw his battered old French-harp . . and sound a chord.
  • c1960 Wilson Coll. csKY, French harp.
  • 1965–70 DARE
    Qu. FF7, A small musical instrument that you blow on, and move from side to side in your mouth
    182 Infs, chiefly W Midl, TX, Cent, French harp;
    Qu. HH30
    Infs KY78, TX1, VA42, French harp.
  • 1973 Allen LAUM 1.207 (as of c1950), Mouth harp . . dominates the Midland speech area [in the Upper Midwest] except for the extreme southeastern sector, where South Midland speech is typical and where the accepted form is French harp.
  • 1986 Pederson LAGS Concordance (Harmonica) 336 infs, chiefly inland Gulf Region, eTX, French harp(s).
French harp 1 (Qq. FF7, HH30)

2 A jew’s harp.

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  • 1965–70 DARE
    Qu. FF8
    Infs AL10, AR47, IL60, 82, KS18, MS84, PA94, 247, WA18, French harp.
  • 1971 Wood Vocab. Change 40 Sth, A harp with a kind of tine which is plucked while one blows against it, is known first as a jew’s harp and second as a juice harp. . . French harp is not reported in Florida [but occurs occasionally in the other seven Sthn states investigated].
  • 1986 Pederson LAGS Concordance (Jew’s harp) 5 infs, Gulf Region, French harp(s).