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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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

barrel organ

: an instrument producing music by a series of pegs arranged around a revolving cylinder so that they open valves to admit air from a bellows to a set of pipes

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