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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An early wind instrument with a keyboard, resembling a cross between a reed organ and an accordion, which makes its sound by the action of air being blown across metallic reeds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wind instrument whose sounding parts are reeds, consisting of a thin tongue of brass playing freely through a slot in a plate. It has a case, like a piano, and is played by means of a similar keybord, the bellows being worked by the foot. The melodeon is a portable variety of this instrument.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A musical instrument essentially similar to the harmonium, of which it was the precursor. It was invented in 1833 by John Green. See reed-organ.

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