Reed
Reed Reed, n. [AS. hre['o]d; akin to D. riet, G. riet, ried, OHG. kriot, riot.] 1. (Bot.) A name given to many tall and coarse grasses or grasslike plants, and their slender, often jointed, stems, such as the various kinds of bamboo, and especially the common reed of Europe and North America ({Phragmites communis}). [1913 Webster]

2. A musical instrument made of the hollow joint of some plant; a rustic or pastoral pipe. [1913 Webster]

Arcadian pipe, the pastoral reed Of Hermes. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. An arrow, as made of a reed. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

4. Straw prepared for thatching a roof. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

5. (Mus.) (a) A small piece of cane or wood attached to the mouthpiece of certain instruments, and set in vibration by the breath. In the clarinet it is a single fiat reed; in the oboe and bassoon it is double, forming a compressed tube. (b) One of the thin pieces of metal, the vibration of which produce the tones of a melodeon, accordeon, harmonium, or seraphine; also attached to certain sets or registers of pipes in an organ. [1913 Webster]

6. (Weaving) A frame having parallel flat stripe of metal or reed, between which the warp threads pass, set in the swinging lathe or batten of a loom for beating up the weft; a sley. See {Batten}. [1913 Webster]

7. (Mining) A tube containing the train of powder for igniting the charge in blasting. [1913 Webster]

8. (Arch.) Same as {Reeding}. [1913 Webster]

{Egyptian reed} (Bot.), the papyrus.

{Free reed} (Mus.), a reed whose edges do not overlap the wind passage, -- used in the harmonium, concertina, etc. It is distinguished from the beating or striking reed of the organ and clarinet.

{Meadow reed grass} (Bot.), the {Glyceria aquatica}, a tall grass found in wet places.

{Reed babbler}. See {Reedbird}.

{Reed bunting} (Zo["o]l.) A European sparrow ({Emberiza sch[oe]niclus}) which frequents marshy places; -- called also {reed sparrow}, {ring bunting}. (b) Reedling.

{Reed canary grass} (Bot.), a tall wild grass ({Phalaris arundinacea}).

{Reed grass}. (Bot.) (a) The common reed. See {Reed}, 1. (b) A plant of the genus {Sparganium}; bur reed. See under {Bur}.

{Reed organ} (Mus.), an organ in which the wind acts on a set of free reeds, as the harmonium, melodeon, concertina, etc.

{Reed pipe} (Mus.), a pipe of an organ furnished with a reed.

{Reed sparrow}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Reed bunting}, above.

{Reed stop} (Mus.), a set of pipes in an organ furnished with reeds.

{Reed warbler}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A small European warbler ({Acrocephalus streperus}); -- called also {reed wren}. (b) Any one of several species of Indian and Australian warblers of the genera {Acrocephalus}, {Calamoherpe}, and {Arundinax}. They are excellent singers.

{Sea-sand reed} (Bot.), a kind of coarse grass ({Ammophila arundinacea}). See {Beach grass}, under {Beach}.

{Wood reed grass} (Bot.), a tall, elegant grass ({Cinna arundinacea}), common in moist woods. [1913 Webster]


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