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reed organ

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
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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

a wind instrument, such as the harmonium, accordion, or harmonica, in which the sound is produced by reeds, each reed producing one note only
a type of pipe organ, such as the regal, in which all the pipes are fitted with reeds
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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