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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.
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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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