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 for Reed babbler
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Reed \Reed\, n. [AS. hre['o]d; akin to D. riet, G. riet, ried,
     OHG. kriot, riot.]
     1. (Bot.) A name given to many tall and coarse grasses or
        grasslike plants, and their slender, often jointed, stems,
        such as the various kinds of bamboo, and especially the
        common reed of Europe and North America ({Phragmites
        communis).
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     2. A musical instrument made of the hollow joint of some
        plant; a rustic or pastoral pipe.
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              Arcadian pipe, the pastoral reed
              Of Hermes.                            --Milton.
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     3. An arrow, as made of a reed. --Prior.
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     4. Straw prepared for thatching a roof. [Prov. Eng.]
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     5. (Mus.)
        (a) A small piece of cane or wood attached to the
            mouthpiece of certain instruments, and set in
            vibration by the breath. In the clarinet it is a
            single fiat reed; in the oboe and bassoon it is
            double, forming a compressed tube.
        (b) One of the thin pieces of metal, the vibration of
            which produce the tones of a melodeon, accordeon,
            harmonium, or seraphine; also attached to certain sets
            or registers of pipes in an organ.
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     6. (Weaving) A frame having parallel flat stripe of metal or
        reed, between which the warp threads pass, set in the
        swinging lathe or batten of a loom for beating up the
        weft; a sley. See Batten.
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     7. (Mining) A tube containing the train of powder for
        igniting the charge in blasting.
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     8. (Arch.) Same as Reeding.
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     Egyptian reed (Bot.), the papyrus.
  
     Free reed (Mus.), a reed whose edges do not overlap the
        wind passage, -- used in the harmonium, concertina, etc.
        It is distinguished from the beating or striking reed of
        the organ and clarinet.
  
     Meadow reed grass (Bot.), the Glyceria aquatica, a tall
        grass found in wet places.
  
     Reed babbler. See Reedbird.
  
     Reed bunting (Zool.) A European sparrow ({Emberiza
        sch[oe]niclus) which frequents marshy places; -- called
        also reed sparrow, ring bunting.
        (b) Reedling.
  
     Reed canary grass (Bot.), a tall wild grass ({Phalaris
        arundinacea).
  
     Reed grass. (Bot.)
        (a) The common reed. See Reed, 1.
        (b) A plant of the genus Sparganium; bur reed. See under
            Bur.
  
     Reed organ (Mus.), an organ in which the wind acts on a set
        of free reeds, as the harmonium, melodeon, concertina,
        etc.
  
     Reed pipe (Mus.), a pipe of an organ furnished with a reed.
        
  
     Reed sparrow. (Zool.) See Reed bunting, above.
  
     Reed stop (Mus.), a set of pipes in an organ furnished with
        reeds.
  
     Reed warbler. (Zool.)
        (a) A small European warbler ({Acrocephalus streperus);
            -- called also reed wren.
        (b) Any one of several species of Indian and Australian
            warblers of the genera Acrocephalus, Calamoherpe,
            and Arundinax. They are excellent singers.
  
     Sea-sand reed (Bot.), a kind of coarse grass ({Ammophila
        arundinacea). See Beach grass, under Beach.
  
     Wood reed grass (Bot.), a tall, elegant grass ({Cinna
        arundinacea), common in moist woods.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Reedbird \Reed"bird`\ (r?d"b?rd`), n. (Zool.)
        (a) The bobolink.
        (b) One of several small Asiatic singing birds of the
            genera Sch[oe]nicola and Eurycercus; -- called
            also reed babbler.

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