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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.


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Origin of reed organ

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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
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