musical box definition

  • noun:
    • Any of numerous devices that play tunes in the form of pins, on a rotating disk or revolving drum, that strike or pluck material teeth
    • produces songs in the form of pins on a revolving cylinder that strike the tuned teeth of a comb-like steel plate
  • adjective:
    • a box or case containing apparatus moved by clockwork so as to play specific tunes automatically. The equipment might driven by a wind-up springtime mechanism or by battery packs.

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