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

  Echo \Ech"o\ ([e^]k"[-o]), n.; pl. Echoes ([e^]k"[=o]z). [L.
     echo, Gr. 'hchw` echo, sound, akin to 'hchh`, 'h^chos, sound,
     noise; cf. Skr. v[=a][,c] to sound, bellow; perh. akin to E.
     voice: cf. F. ['e]cho.]
     1. A sound reflected from an opposing surface and repeated to
        the ear of a listener; repercussion of sound; repetition
        of a sound.
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              The babbling echo mocks the hounds.   --Shak.
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              The woods shall answer, and the echo ring. --Pope.
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     2. Fig.: Sympathetic recognition; response; answer.
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              Fame is the echo of actions, resounding them.
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              Many kind, and sincere speeches found an echo in his
              heart.                                --R. L.
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        (a) (Myth. & Poetic) A wood or mountain nymph, regarded as
            repeating, and causing the reverberation of them.
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                  Sweet Echo, sweetest nymph, that liv'st unseen
                  Within thy airy shell.            --Milton.
        (b) (Gr. Myth.) A nymph, the daughter of Air and Earth,
            who, for love of Narcissus, pined away until nothing
            was left of her but her voice.
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                  Compelled me to awake the courteous Echo
                  To give me answer from her mossy couch.
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     4. (Whist, Contract Bridge)
        (a) A signal, played in the same manner as a trump signal,
            made by a player who holds four or more trumps (or as
            played by some exactly three trumps) and whose partner
            has led trumps or signaled for trumps.
        (b) A signal showing the number held of a plain suit when
            a high card in that suit is led by one's partner.
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     Echo organ (Mus.), a set organ pipes inclosed in a box so
        as to produce a soft, distant effect; -- generally
        superseded by the swell.
     Echo stop (Mus.), a stop upon a harpsichord contrived for
        producing the soft effect of distant sound.
     To applaud to the echo, to give loud and continuous
        applause. --M. Arnold.
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              I would applaud thee to the very echo,
              That should applaud again.            --Shak.
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