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Definition of reed noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a 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
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: reed