from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An attachment to the desk of a piano or an organ for turning the leaves of a music-book.
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“The frigate was short of hands, and they looked upon as a good prize; and in less than a dog-watch we were on the watch-bill, birthed, stationed, hammocks slung, and, moreover, a grinning leaf-turner had us down in Nipcheese’s book, where dead men chew tobacco, Wad.
"Wholesome!" cried Boltrope; "let me tell you, my worthy leaf-turner, that if you call such a light diet wholesome, you know but little of salt water and sea-fogs!