[pawr-tuh-tiv, pohr-]
  1. Also called portative organ. a small portable pipe organ used especially during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Origin of portative

1350–1400; Middle English portatif < Middle French. See port5, -ative
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British Dictionary definitions for portative organ

portative organ

  1. music a small portable organ with arm-operated bellows popular in medieval times


  1. a less common word for portable
  2. concerned with the act of carrying

Word Origin for portative

C14: from French, from Latin portāre to carry
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