Meaning of hurdy-gurdy


Pronunciation: (hûr'dē-gûr'dē, -gûr"-), [key]
— pl. -gur•dies.
  1. a barrel organ or similar musical instrument played by turning a crank.
  2. a lute- or guitar-shaped stringed musical instrument sounded by the revolution against the strings of a rosined wheel turned by a crank.
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