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1 tall woody perennial grasses with hollow slender stems especially of the genera Arundo and Phragmites
2 United States journalist who reported on the October Revolution from Petrograd in 1917; founded the Communist Labor Party in America in 1919; is buried in the Kremlin in Moscow (1887-1920) [syn: John Reed]
3 United States physician who proved that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes (1851-1902) [syn: Walter Reed]
4 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" [syn: vibrating reed]
5 a musical instrument that sounds by means of a reed [syn: beating-reed instrument]

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Middle English rede, Old English hrēod


reed (countable and uncountable; plural: reeds)
  1. Any of various types of tall stiff perennial grass-like plants growing together in groups near water.
  2. The hollow stem of these plants.
  3. Part of the mouthpiece of certain woodwind instruments, comprising of a thin piece of wood or metal which shakes very quickly to produce sound when a musician blows over it.
  4. A musical instrument such as the clarinet or oboe, which produces sound when a musician blows on the reed.
  5. (as a material)

Derived terms





  1. singular past tense of rijden

West Frisian



Extensive Definition

Reed can refer to:

See also

reed in German: Reed
reed in French: Reed
reed in Dutch: Reed
reed in Finnish: Reed
reed in Volapük: Reeds

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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