barrel organ

noun

Definition of barrel organ

: 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

Examples of barrel organ in a Sentence

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First Known Use of barrel organ

1750, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of barrel organ was in 1750

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“Barrel organ.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barrel%20organ. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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