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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. 2 a 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