ETYM Old Eng. harpe, AS. hearpe; akin to Dutch harp, German harfe, Old High Germ. harpha, Dan. harpe, Icel. and Swed. harpa.
Plucked musical string instrument, with the strings stretched vertically within a wood and brass soundbox of triangular shape. The orchestral harp is the largest instrument of its type. It has up to 47 diatonically tuned strings, in the range B0–C7 (seven octaves), and seven double-action pedals to alter pitch. Composers for the harp include Mozart, Ravel, Salzedo, and Holliger.
Recorded from biblical times, the harp existed in the West as early as the 9th century, and it was common among medieval minstrels. At that time it was quite small, and was normally placed on the knees. It evolved in size because of a need for increased volume following its introduction into the orchestra in the 19th century. The harp has also been used in folk music, as both a solo and accompanying instrument, and is associated with Wales and Ireland.
1. A pair of curved vertical supports for a lampshade.
2. A stringed musical instrument that has a triangular frame consisting of a sounding board and a pillar and a curved neck; the strings stretched between the neck and the soundbox are plucked with the fingers.
Još kod starih Egipćana poznati muzički instrument sa 30-40 i više žica, udešenih po načinu dijatonske skale; ima oblik trougla, visok gotovo kao čovek; najvažniji instrument kod koga se žice zatreperavaju prstima.