Definition and background:
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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