reed - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a tall thin plant that grows near water. Its stems can be used to make things. A place where a lot of reeds grow is called a reed bed.
    1. a.
      [only before noun] made of reeds

      a reed basket

  2. 2
    [countable] music a thin piece of wood, metal, or plastic in the top of a musical instrument such as a clarinet or an oboe. The reed moves and makes a sound when you blow over it.