barrel organ

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noun

a musical instrument in which air from a bellows is admitted to a set of pipes by means of pins inserted into a revolving barrel; hand organ.

Nearby words

  1. barrel chest,
  2. barrel cuff,
  3. barrel distortion,
  4. barrel engine,
  5. barrel knot,
  6. barrel race,
  7. barrel roll,
  8. barrel roof,
  9. barrel vault,
  10. barrel-ass

Origin of barrel organ

First recorded in 1765–75

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British Dictionary definitions for barrel organ

barrel organ

noun

an instrument consisting of a cylinder turned by a handle and having pins on it that interrupt the air flow to certain pipes, thereby playing any of a number of tunesSee also hurdy-gurdy
a similar instrument in which the projections on a rotating barrel pluck a set of strings
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