steam organ


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steam organ

n
(Instruments) a type of organ powered by steam, once common at fairgrounds, in which the pipes are sounded either by a keyboard or in a sequence determined by a moving punched card. US name: calliope
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Noun1.steam organ - a musical instrument consisting of a series of steam whistles played from a keyboard
musical instrument, instrument - any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
steam whistle - a whistle in which the sound is produced by steam; usually attached to a steam boiler
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Described as "one of the greatest novelties of the day", every night the steam organ filled the music room with "rich and mellow notes".
There is also a dog show with entries on the day, sheep dog trials and a giant steam organ.
Worcester residents invented the monkey wrench and the steam organ, patented the first typewriter, and mass-produced shredded wheat.
I doubt if many people in Wirral are employed as domestic servants or that there is a great demand to use a steam organ.