beating reed


Definition of beating reed

: a reed in a musical instrument that vibrates against the edges of an air opening (as in a clarinet or organ pipe) to which it is attached — compare free reed

First Known Use of beating reed

1851, in the meaning defined above

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“Beating reed.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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