organ

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The console of a pipe organ (musical instrument).

Etymology[edit]

From Latin organum, from Ancient Greek ὄργανον (organon, an instrument, implement, tool, also an organ of sense or apprehension, an organ of the body, also a musical instrument, an organ), from *ἔργειν (ergein, to work).

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organ (plural organs)

  1. A largest part of an organism, composed of tissues that perform similar functions.
  2. (by extension) A body of an organization dedicated to the performing of certain functions.
  3. (music) A musical instrument that has multiple pipes which play when a key is pressed, or an electronic instrument designed to replicate such.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      He was thinking; but the glory of the song, the swell from the great organ, the clustered lights, […], the height and vastness of this noble fane, its antiquity and its strength—all these things seemed to have their part as causes of the thrilling emotion that accompanied his thoughts.
  4. An official magazine, newsletter, or similar publication of an organization.
  5. A species of cactus (Stenocereus thurberi).
  6. (slang) The penis.

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organ (third-person singular simple present organs, present participle organing, simple past and past participle organed)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To supply with an organ or organs; to fit with organs.
    • Bishop Mannyngham
      Thou art elemented and organed for other apprehensions.

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From Byzantine Greek ὄργανός, from Ancient Greek ὄργανον (organon), partly through the intermediate of Slavic oruganu. Some senses also based on French orgue (cf. orgă), Latin organum, Italian organo.

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organ n

  1. organ (part of organism)
  2. (archaic) organ (musical instrument)

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  • (musical instrument): orgă

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  • IPA(key): /ǒrɡaːn/
  • Hyphenation: or‧gan

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òrgān m (Cyrillic spelling о̀рга̄н)

  1. organ (part of an organism)

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organ n

  1. (anatomy) an organ (a part of the body)
  2. (dated) a voice (of a singer or actor)
    Hon förenade med ett utmärkt teateryttre en hög grad af intelligens, en ypperlig organ och en förträfflig deklamationskonst
    She combined with excellent theatrical looks a high degree of intelligence, an extraordinary voice and a splendid mastery of declamation
  3. an organ; a newspaper (of an organization, i.e. its voice)

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