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