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Middle English rede, Old English hrēod

Noun

reed (countable and uncountable; plural: reeds)

  1. (countable) Any of various types of tall stiff perennial grass-like plants growing together in groups near water.
  2. (countable) The hollow stem of these plants.
  3. (countable) Part of the mouthpiece of certain woodwind instruments, comprising of a thin piece of wood or metal which shakes very quickly to produce sound when a musician blows over it.
  4. (countable) A musical instrument such as the clarinet or oboe, which produces sound when a musician blows on the reed.
  5. (uncountable) (as a material)

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Dutch

Verb

reed

  1. singular past tense of rijden

West Frisian

Noun

reed c.

  1. driveway
  2. road

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