Akin to Saterland Frisian Rait (“reed”), West Frisian reid (“reed”), Dutch riet (“reed”), German Ried (“reed”). No cognates in North Germanic languages, but the existence of an otherwise unattested Gothic *𐌷𐍂𐌹𐌿𐌳 (*hriud) was supposed by the brothers Grimm. They also theorised that the word may have a relation to the retas mentioned in Noctes Atticae (Aulus Gellius). The measuring reed sense is the translation of Akkadian qanûm ("cane") used in the Bible and elsewhere.
- (countable) Any of various types of tall stiff perennial grass-like plants growing together in groups near water.
- (countable) The hollow stem of these plants.
- (countable, music) Part of the mouthpiece of certain woodwind instruments, comprising a thin piece of wood or metal which shakes very quickly to produce sound when a musician blows over it.
- (countable, music) A musical instrument such as the clarinet or oboe, which produces sound when a musician blows on the reed.
- (countable, weaving) A comb-like part of a beater for beating the weft when weaving.
- (countable, historical) A piece of whalebone or similar for stiffening the skirt or waist of a woman's dress.
- (uncountable, architecture) Reeding.
- (mining) A tube containing the train of powder for igniting the charge in blasting.
- Straw prepared for thatching a roof.
- (poetic, obsolete) A missile weapon.
- (archaic, metrology) A measuring rod.
- bluejoint reed grass
- Blyth's reed warbler
- broken reed
- common reed
- double reed
- free reed
- giant reed
- great reed warbler
- paper reed
- reed bed
- reed bunting
- reed instrument
- reed instrumentalist
- reed knife
- reed mace
- reed motion
- reed organ
- reed pen
- reed pheasant
- reed pipe
- reed plane
- reed relay
- reed stop
- reed switch
- reed thrush
- reed warbler
- reed wren
- single reed
- slender reed
- small reed
- tall reed
- tropical reed
- Ulmer's reed snake
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reed (plural reeds)
- The supposition about Gothic and the quote from Noctes Atticae in Deutsches Wörterbuch: "dixit ... amicus meus in libro se Gavi de origine vocabulorum VII legisse "retas" vocari arbores, quae aut ripis fluminum eminerent aut in alveis eorum exstarent"
- ^ Jens Høyrup, Lengths, Widths, Surfaces: A Portrait of Old Babylonian Algebra and Its Kin, p. 209, Springer, 2002 →ISBN.
- (Chaucer) advice, counsel
- “reed (I)”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011
- “reed (II)”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011
- 1867, GLOSSARY OF THE DIALECT OF FORTH AND BARGY:
- Reed jhemes; Reed-shearde on a mountain.
- Red rags; The Red Gap on the mountain.
- Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 64
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