barrel organ

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barrel organ

n.
A mechanical instrument on which a tune is played by the action of a revolving cylinder fitted with pegs or pins that open pipe valves supplied by a bellows.

barrel organ

n
1. (Instruments) an instrument consisting of a cylinder turned by a handle and having pins on it that interrupt the air flow to certain pipes, thereby playing any of a number of tunes. See also hurdy-gurdy
2. (Instruments) a similar instrument in which the projections on a rotating barrel pluck a set of strings

bar′rel or`gan


n.
a musical instrument in which air from a bellows is admitted to a set of pipes by means of pins inserted into a revolving barrel.
[1765–75]
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Noun1.barrel organ - a musical instrument that makes music by rotation of a cylinder studded with pegsbarrel organ - a musical instrument that makes music by rotation of a cylinder studded with pegs
musical instrument, instrument - any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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This accompanimental figure represents the sound of a Drehorgel (hurdy-gurdy), which is associated with the Moritat.
Die Drehorgel im Wandel der Zeiten: der Weg vom Bettler-zum Konzertinstrument; einige Kapitel uber die Drehorgel.