: a wind instrument made from the hollow joint of a plant
: an ancient Hebrew unit of length equal to six cubits
a: a thin elastic tongue (as of cane, wood, metal, or plastic) fastened at one end over an air opening in a wind instrument (as a clarinet, organ pipe, or accordion) and set in vibration by an air current
b: a woodwind instrument that produces sound by the vibrating of a reed against the mouthpiece <the reeds of an orchestra>
: a device on a loom resembling a comb and used to space warp yarns evenly
In botany, any of several species of large aquatic grasses, especially the four species in the genus Phragmites (family Poaceae). The common, or water, reed (P. australis) occurs along the margins of lakes, fens, marshes, and streams from the Arctic to the tropics. It is a broad-leaved grass, about 5–15 ft (1.5–5 m) tall, with feathery flower clusters and stiff, smooth stems. Bur reed (genus Sparganium) and reed mace (genus Typha) are plants of other families. Dried reed stems have been used for millennia as thatching and construction material, in basketry, for arrows and pens, and in musical instruments (seereed instruments).