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mouth music

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English

Etymology

Calque of the Scottish Gaelic puirt a' bhèil (tunes of the mouth).

Noun

Singular
mouth music

Plural
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mouth music (-)
  1. The vocal imitation of instrumental music.
    • 1877, Alexander Carmichael (translator), Angus Macleod (speaker), “The Reciters' Lament, and Their Story”, in W.Y. Evans-Wentz ed., The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries[1], ISBN 0486425223, page 115,  
      She herself or one of the other crofter women of the townland would sing to us the mouth-music.
    • 1996, George Odam, Joan Arnold, Alison Ley, Sounds of Music (Teacher's Book)[2], ISBN 0748722963, page 61,  
      Mouth music’ evolved in those parts of the country where poor people had no instruments but still wanted to dance.
    • 2002, Charles Keil & Angeliki V. Keil, “Foreword”, in Bright Balkan Morning: Romani Lives & the Power of Music in Greek Macedonia[3], ISBN 0819564885, page xxiii,  
      Listening to flamenco, or to English Gypsy or Russian Gypsy folk song, or to the “babba-deep-babbaa-doop” mouth music of the Hungarian Roma, one would be hard put to identify a commonality.

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