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reed organ

noun
1.
a musical keyboard instrument, as the harmonium or American organ, having small metal reeds through which air is forced to produce the sound.
Origin of reed organ
1850-1855
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55
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Examples from the Web for reed organ
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  • If there was, I should admire to see how they sounded on the reed organ.

    Nautilus Laura E. Richards
  • They say the same thing about the reed organ when a pallet sticks or a key stays down.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
  • Because he was continually at the reed organ in the mission the other boys made fun of him and called him Crazy Frank.

    Sixty Years of California Song Margaret Blake-Alverson
  • The compromise of reed organ for the harmonium class of instruments must therefore be accepted.

  • He had already learned to play the "seraphine," the instrument which has been developed into the reed organ.

    Charles Carleton Coffin William Elliot Griffis, D. D.
  • There are two familiar types of organ in use at the present time, the reed organ, the pipe-organ.

  • From the far corner where the darkness reigned came the strange, church-like notes of a reed organ.

    Hour of Enchantment Roy J. Snell
  • In the French Mustel reed organ the first touch is operated by depressing the keys about a sixteenth part of an inch.

  • Ingenuity has been shown also in the invention of "talking-machines," like Faber's, based on the reed organ pipe.

    Edison, His Life and Inventions Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
British Dictionary definitions for reed organ

reed organ

noun
1.
a wind instrument, such as the harmonium, accordion, or harmonica, in which the sound is produced by reeds, each reed producing one note only
2.
a type of pipe organ, such as the regal, in which all the pipes are fitted with reeds
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