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 for barrel organ
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Organ \Or"gan\ ([^o]r"gan), n. [L. organum, Gr. 'o`rganon; akin
     to 'e`rgon work, and E. work: cf. F. organe. See Work, and
     cf. Orgue, Orgy.]
     1. An instrument or medium by which some important action is
        performed, or an important end accomplished; as,
        legislatures, courts, armies, taxgatherers, etc., are
        organs of government.
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     2. (Biol.) A natural part or structure in an animal or a
        plant, capable of performing some special action (termed
        its function), which is essential to the life or
        well-being of the whole; as, the heart, lungs, etc., are
        organs of animals; the root, stem, foliage, etc., are
        organs of plants.
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     Note: In animals the organs are generally made up of several
           tissues, one of which usually predominates, and
           determines the principal function of the organ. Groups
           of organs constitute a system. See System.
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     3. A component part performing an essential office in the
        working of any complex machine; as, the cylinder, valves,
        crank, etc., are organs of the steam engine.
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     4. A medium of communication between one person or body and
        another; as, the secretary of state is the organ of
        communication between the government and a foreign power;
        a newspaper is the organ of its editor, or of a party,
        sect, etc. A newsletter distributed within an organization
        is often called its house organ.
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     5. [Cf. AS. organ, fr. L. organum.] (Mus.) A wind instrument
        containing numerous pipes of various dimensions and kinds,
        which are filled with wind from a bellows, and played upon
        by means of keys similar to those of a piano, and
        sometimes by foot keys or pedals; -- formerly used in the
        plural, each pipe being considered an organ.
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              The deep, majestic, solemn organs blow. --Pope.
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     Note: Chaucer used the form orgon as a plural.
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                 The merry orgon . . . that in the church goon
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     Barrel organ, Choir organ, Great organ, etc. See under
        Barrel, Choir, etc.
     Cabinet organ (Mus.), an organ of small size, as for a
        chapel or for domestic use; a reed organ.
     Organ bird (Zool.), a Tasmanian crow shrike ({Gymnorhina
        organicum). It utters discordant notes like those of a
        hand organ out of tune.
     Organ fish (Zool.), the drumfish.
     Organ gun. (Mil.) Same as Orgue
        (b) .
     Organ harmonium (Mus.), an harmonium of large capacity and
     Organ of Corti (Anat.), a complicated structure in the
        cochlea of the ear, including the auditory hair cells, the
        rods or fibers of Corti, the membrane of Corti, etc. See
        Note under Ear.
     Organ pipe. See Pipe, n., 1.
     Organ-pipe coral. (Zool.) See Tubipora.
     Organ point (Mus.), a passage in which the tonic or
        dominant is sustained continuously by one part, while the
        other parts move.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Barrel \Bar"rel\ (b[a^]r"r[e^]l), n.[OE. barel, F. baril, prob.
     fr. barre bar. Cf. Barricade.]
     1. A round vessel or cask, of greater length than breadth,
        and bulging in the middle, made of staves bound with
        hoops, and having flat ends or heads; as, a cracker
        barrel. Sometimes applied to a similar cylindrical
        container made of metal, usually called a drum.
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     2. The quantity which constitutes a full barrel. This varies
        for different articles and also in different places for
        the same article, being regulated by custom or by law. A
        barrel of wine is 311/2 gallons; a barrel of flour is 196
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     3. A solid drum, or a hollow cylinder or case; as, the barrel
        of a windlass; the barrel of a watch, within which the
        spring is coiled.
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     4. A metallic tube, as of a gun, from which a projectile is
        discharged. --Knight.
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     5. A jar. [Obs.] --1 Kings xvii. 12.
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     6. (Zool.) The hollow basal part of a feather.
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     Barrel bulk (Com.), a measure equal to five cubic feet,
        used in estimating capacity, as of a vessel for freight.
     Barrel drain (Arch.), a drain in the form of a cylindrical
     Barrel of a boiler, the cylindrical part of a boiler,
        containing the flues.
     Barrel of the ear (Anat.), the tympanum, or tympanic
     Barrel organ, an instrument for producing music by the
        action of a revolving cylinder.
     Barrel vault. See under Vault.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  barrel organ
      n 1: a musical instrument that makes music by rotation of a
           cylinder studded with pegs [syn: barrel organ, grind
           organ, hand organ, hurdy gurdy, hurdy-gurdy, street

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