Definition of reed noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//riːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːd//
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  1. 1 a tall plant like grass with a hollow stem that grows in or near water reed beds (= where they grow) The edge of the lake was fringed with reeds.
  2. 2a small thin piece of cane, metal or plastic in some musical instruments such as the oboe or the clarinet that moves very quickly when air is blown over it, producing a sound
  3. Word OriginOld English hrēod, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch riet and German Ried.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: reed