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barrel organ

noun

Simple Definition of barrel organ

  • : a large musical instrument that is played by turning a handle and that was once commonly played by performers (called organ-grinders) on city streets

Full Definition of barrel organ

  1. :  an instrument for producing music by the action of a revolving cylinder studded with pegs on a series of valves that admit air from a bellows to a set of pipes

1772

First Known Use of barrel organ

1772

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