tongue



[Eng.]


The long, bent, metal bar inside the frame of a Jew's harp, music box, thumb piano, or other plucked idiophone (Lamellaphone). This tongue is plucked by the finger or some other method to vibrate the tongue producing tones. In the instance of the ratchet, the tongue is wooden and makes a clicking sound.

See also idiophone; Lamellaphone.


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