beating reed

noun

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beating%20reed. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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