hand organ

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a musical instrument that makes music by rotation of a cylinder studded with pegs

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Almost grudgingly, he admits the tiniest measure of sophistication into the life of the heroine of his great novel, Washington Square, allowing that music, the popular opera of the day in nineteenth-century New York, entered her world on the 'hand organ'.
Upon reading Wagner's carefully documented case studies, it is hard to imagine how it would be possible not to hear the world's music on one hand organ or another.
Hand organs and fiddles, plied by strolling musicians, mix with the songs of the seamen, the babble of women and children and the wining of beggars.