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Definition and Description of the Hurdy-gurdy

Definition and description of the Hurdy-gurdy: The Hurdy-gurdy was introduced to England during the 12th century - the bow was replaced by strings attached to a wheel which was cranked by a handle.

Description: A stringed instrument, lute-like in shape, in which the sound is produced by the friction of a wheel turned by a crank at the end, instead of by a bow, two of the strings being tuned as drones, while two or more, tuned in unison, are modulated by keys. Synonyms: barrel organ, grind organ, hand organ and street organ 

Family of Instruments: The Hurdy-gurdy belongs to the family of String instruments.

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