hand organ


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hand organ

n. Music
A barrel organ operated by turning a crank by hand.
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hand organ

n
(Instruments) another name for barrel organ
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hand′ or`gan


n.
a portable barrel organ played by means of a crank turned by hand.
[1790–1800, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hand organ - a musical instrument that makes music by rotation of a cylinder studded with pegshand 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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In the room he found also a boy with a little hand organ, a healthy-looking red- cheeked girl of eighteen, wearing a tucked-up striped skirt, and a Tyrolese hat with ribbons.
a taste for operatic music--that of Bellini and Donizetti, in especial (it must be remembered, in extenuation of this primitive young woman, that she held these opinions in an age of general darkness)--which she rarely had an occasion to hear, except on the hand organ.
Led by an Englishman, John Franklin (a real historical figure, as are many peppering the backdrop of the story), two ships with full crews and equipment that included - in the whimsical manner of the day - a library of 1,200 books and a hand organ that played fifty tunes had left in the spring, then disappeared by the end of that summer.