a. An instrument having an upright triangular frame consisting of a pillar, a curved neck, and a hollow back containing the sounding board, with usually 46 or 47 strings of graded lengths that are played by plucking with the fingers.
b. Any of various ancient and modern instruments of similar or U-shaped design.
c. Informal A harmonica.
2. Something, such as a pair of vertical supports for a lampshade, that resembles a harp.
intr.v.harped, harp·ing, harpsPhrasal Verb:
To play a harp.
To talk or write about to an excessive and tedious degree; dwell on.
[Middle English, fromOld Englishhearpeand fromOld Frenchharpe, of Germanic origin.]
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top: Welsh harpist Eluned Pierce
bottom: lamp harp
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