from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An organlike keyboard instrument that produces tones with free metal reeds actuated by air forced from a bellows.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small keyboard instrument consisting of a series of reed pipes which sound when air is allowed to pass through them by means of a valve that opens when a key is depressed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A musical instrument, resembling a small organ and especially designed for church music, in which the tones are produced by forcing air by means of a bellows so as to cause the vibration of free metallic reeds. It is now made with one or two keyboards, and has pedals and stops.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the forms of the reed-organ (which see).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a free-reed instrument in which air is forced through the reeds by bellows


French, from harmonie, harmony, from Old French armonie, harmonie; see harmony.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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