reed organ

reed organ

noun
a musical keyboard instrument, as the harmonium or American organ, having small metal reeds through which air is forced to produce the sound.

Origin:
1850–55, Americanism

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reed organ
 
n
1.  a wind instrument, such as the harmonium, accordion, or harmonica, in which the sound is produced by reeds, each reed producing one note only
2.  a type of pipe organ, such as the regal, in which all the pipes are fitted with reeds

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reed organ

any keyboard instrument sounded by vibration of metal reeds under wind pressure. "Reed organ" commonly refers to instruments having free reeds (vibrating through a slot with close tolerance) and no pipes.

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