from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A mechanical piano constructed in the manner of a barrel-organ.


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  • In order to get rid of her ennui, she had opened her piano-organ, and had begun to sing, accompanying herself the while, the chorus from Euryanthe: “Hunters astray in the wood!” which is probably the most beautiful thing in all the sphere of music.

    Les Miserables

  • A blackbird sang; a piano-organ round a corner was playing ‘Rigoletto.’

    The Silver Spoon

  • Then the four laughing lions could be seen racing along with a most wonderful piano-organ, into which Gamble, Grin, and Grub were harnessed, whilst Carry-on-Merry turned the handle.

    The Tale of Lal A Fantasy

  • From the piano-organ which he turned so gaily, Carry-on-Merry found it was necessary to caution the Griffin after his last frantic attempt to break through the ring of dancing children.

    The Tale of Lal A Fantasy

  • F. _ There's only one objection to that suggestion -- viz., that it's perfectly impossible to tell a cab from a piano-organ.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 100, March 7, 1891

  • It must at once be admitted that this particular musical instrument differed very considerably from any piano-organ ever heard in the streets, and it could never have come anywhere from the neighbourhood of Saffron Hill.

    The Tale of Lal A Fantasy

  • German soldiers dancing round a piano-organ which was playing to them.

    Now It Can Be Told

  • Julia echoed the remark, though the music was that of a piano-organ.

    The Good Comrade

  • Italian piano-organ having been introduced amongst the Oriental instruments -- banged on, and then abruptly came to a stop when the negro cracked his whip.

    Six Women

  • A large piano-organ stood in one corner, and there were glass cases containing the rarest marine curiosities which a naturalist could wish to see.

    The World's Greatest Books — Volume 08 — Fiction


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