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French harp n
1 A harmonica. chiefly W Midl, TX, Cent See Map1891 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).
2 A jew’s harp.
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).

 

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