1. A musical instrument consisting of a triangular frame furnished with strings and sometimes with pedals, held upright, and played with the fingers.
2. (Science: astronomy) a constellation; lyra, or the lyre.
3. (Science: zoology) harp seal, a beautiful marine gastropod shell of the genus harpa, of several species, found in tropical seas. See harpa.
Origin: oe. Harpe, as. Hearpe; akin to D. Harp, G.harfe, OHG. Harpha, dan. Harpe.