Hur"dy-gur`dy (?), n. [Prob. of imitative origin.]
A stringled instrument, lutelike 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.
In California, a water wheel with radial buckets, driven by the impact of a jet.
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