- 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.
Origin of barrel organ
Examples from the Web for barrel organ
Historical Examples of barrel organ
The thought now haunted the youth that he could make a barrel-organ, and he determined to do so.Self-Help
He loves music, and some day I shall buy him a barrel-organ to play to him always.'Chatterbox, 1906
Other evidences of the origin of the barrel-organ are not wanting.
Not that he was partial to any other music but a barrel-organ; on the contrary, hated it.A House to Let
Old Treffy loved his barrel-organ; it was the one comfort of his life.Christie's Old Organ
Mrs. O. F. Walton
- 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