from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large variety of hurdy-gurdy.


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  • The Jongleurs must have continued long after their masters were stamped out, for their direct successors are with us to-day, and our hand-organ is the descendant of their fearful and wonderful organistrum.

    Woman's Work in Music

  • Geometry with a pair of compasses and a rule, Astronomy with bushel and stars, and Music with cithern and organistrum.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • A woman performer handles an organistrum, a sort of large hurdy-gurdy, sometimes (as apparently in this case) requiring two players, one for the crank and another for the stops.

    Some Forerunners of Italian Opera


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