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  • n. A mechanical piano which uses a roll of perforated paper to operate its keys, instead of being played by a pianist.
  • n. A hand that is easy to play, i.e. one that "plays itself".

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The trade-name of a form of piano-player (which see).

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

  • n. a mechanically operated piano that uses a roll of perforated paper to activate the keys


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