reed

A reed is a woody plant with long, slender leaves. Reeds need a lot of moisture, and they usually grow in or near a marsh.

The stalk of a reed plant is also called a reed, and it's from this stiff, wood-like material that reeds for certain musical instruments were first made. Many reed instruments, including the clarinet, still use reeds made from reed — specifically, a bamboo-like reed that is native to marshy Mediterranean areas. When a musician blows across her mouthpiece, the reed vibrates to make the sound.

Primary Meanings of reed

1.
n
tall woody perennial grasses with hollow slender stems especially of the genera Arundo and Phragmites
2.
n
a musical instrument that sounds by means of a vibrating reed
Full Definitions of reed
1

n tall woody perennial grasses with hollow slender stems especially of the genera Arundo and Phragmites

Types:
Arundo conspicua, Chionochloa conspicua, toetoe, toitoi
used by Maoris for thatching
Arundo donax, giant reed
large rhizomatous perennial grasses found by riversides and in ditches having jointed stems and large grey-white feathery panicles
Phragmites communis, carrizo, common reed, ditch reed
tall North American reed having relative wide leaves and large plumelike panicles; widely distributed in moist areas; used for mats, screens and arrow shafts
Type of:
graminaceous plant, gramineous plant
cosmopolitan herbaceous or woody plants with hollow jointed stems and long narrow leaves
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n a musical instrument that sounds by means of a vibrating reed

Synonyms:
beating-reed instrument, reed instrument
Types:
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double reed, double-reed instrument
a woodwind that has a pair of joined reeds that vibrate together
free-reed
a reed that does not fit closely over the aperture
single-reed instrument, single-reed woodwind
a beating-reed instrument with a single reed (as a clarinet or saxophone)
bassoon
a double-reed instrument; the tenor of the oboe family
clarinet
a single-reed instrument with a straight tube
English horn, cor anglais
a double-reed woodwind instrument similar to an oboe but lower in pitch
hornpipe, pibgorn, stockhorn
an ancient (now obsolete) single-reed woodwind; usually made of bone
cromorne, crumhorn, krummhorn
a Renaissance woodwind with a double reed and a curving tube (crooked horn)
hautbois, hautboy, oboe
a slender double-reed instrument; a woodwind with a conical bore and a double-reed mouthpiece
sax, saxophone
a single-reed woodwind with a conical bore
Type of:
wood, woodwind, woodwind instrument
any wind instrument other than the brass instruments

n a vibrator consisting of a thin strip of stiff material that vibrates to produce a tone when air streams over it

“the clarinetist fitted a new reed onto his mouthpiece”
Synonyms:
vibrating reed
Types:
double reed
a pair of joined reeds that vibrate together to produce the sound in some woodwinds
Type of:
vibrator
a mechanical device that vibrates

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