from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a reed that does not fit closely over the aperture.
  • n. a reed whose edges do not overlap the wind passage, -- used in the harmonium, concertina, etc. It is distinguished from the beating or striking reed of the organ and clarinet.

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  • n. a reed that does not fit closely over the aperture


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