barrel organ(redirected from barrel organs)
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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.
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
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.
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|Noun||1.||barrel 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