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steam organ

calliope (def 1).
Origin of steam organ
1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for steam-organ
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  • They could hear above the thud-thud of the gorged floodgates, shrieks in two keys as monotonous as a steam-organ.

    A Diversity of Creatures Rudyard Kipling
  • And the artist who sat inside the steam-organ wagon became so sleepy that his hand slipped and struck one of the organ pedals.

    Through Welsh Doorways Jeannette Augustus Marks
  • It was a very beautiful meal, and the far-off music of the steam-organ added the last touch of festivity to the scene.

British Dictionary definitions for steam-organ

steam organ

a type of organ powered by steam, once common at fairgrounds, in which the pipes are sounded either by a keyboard or in a sequence determined by a moving punched card US name calliope
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