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reed US English

A tall, slender-leaved plant of the grass family that grows in water or on marshy ground

Reed, Sir Carol US English

(1906–76), English film director. His films include Odd Man Out (1947), The Third Man (1949), and the musical Oliver! (1968), for which he won an Oscar

Reed, Stanley Forman US English

(1884–1980), US Supreme Court associate justice 1938–57. A supporter of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs, he held various federal positions before being named to the Court

Reed, Walter US English

(1851–1902), US army surgeon. He proved that the yellow fever virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC, is named for him

Reed, Willis US English

(1942-), US basketball player. A center for the New York Knicks 1964–74, he was the NBA’s most valuable player for the 1969–1970 season. He later coached various professional and college teams. Basketball Hall of Fame (1982)

bur reed US English

An aquatic reedlike plant with rounded flower heads. Its oily seeds are an important source of winter food for wildfowl

reed bed US English

An area of water or marshland dominated by reeds

reed mace US English

Another term for cattail.

reed pipe US English

A simple wind instrument made from a reed or with the sound produced by a reed

reed stop US English

An organ stop controlling reed pipes

double reed US English

A reed with two slightly separated blades, used for playing a wind instrument such as an oboe or bassoon

giant reed US English

A fast-growing perennial grass native to India that is a principal source for reeds used in musical instruments. In the US it threatens some native plant habitats because of its spreading and dispersal habits

reed organ US English

A keyboard instrument similar to a harmonium, in which air is drawn upward past metal reeds to produce tones

small-reed US English

A reed-like grass which grows in damp woods and marshes in temperate regions

Norfolk reed US English

The common reed, which is cultivated in eastern England for use in thatching

reed bunting US English

A Eurasian bunting that frequents reed beds and hedgerows, the male having a black head and white collar

reed warbler US English

A Eurasian and African songbird with plain plumage, frequenting reed beds

bur reed in reed US English

Used in names of plants similar to reeds, growing in wet habitats, e.g., bur reed

Lou Reed in Velvet Underground US English

A US rock group formed in 1965, unsuccessful in the 1960s but extremely influential since their dissolution and probably best known for their first album, The Velvet Underground and Nico (1967), produced in association with Andy Warhol. The backing to the songs of vocalist Lou Reed (1944–2013) displayed the avant-garde influences of classically trained viola player John Cale (b.1942)

common reed in phragmites US English

A common and invasive tall reed

common or Norfolk reed in reed US English

A tall, slender-leaved plant of the grass family that grows in water or on marshy ground