Definition of American organ in English:

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American organ


A type of reed organ resembling the harmonium but in which air is sucked (not blown) through reeds.
Example sentences
  • ‘American organs’ (which are also made in Europe) have greater stability of tone and pitch, thicker reeds, and sound rather more like a pipe organ, but they are less capable of expression than the harmonium.
  • Between the ages of twelve and fifteen I regularly played the American organ and led the singing at the three churches in our village
  • There were only two people who pretended not to hear it, the gentleman who played the American organ and the lady who dreamt of going to Warsaw.

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Syllabification: A·mer·i·can or·gan

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