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  1. 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 with no definite pitch.
  2. The muscular organ in one's mouth that provides a method of articulating notes by means of attacks, hard or soft. The technique of of using the tongue for a variety of articulations is referred to as tonguing.

See Also

[English] idiophone
[English] lamellaphone
[English] tonguing


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