from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Music A hollow block of wood struck with a drumstick to produce percussive effects in an orchestra.

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  • noun A woodcut.
  • noun A wood block (musical instrument).
  • noun A wooden block used as a printing form.
  • noun philately The emergency issue of the Cape triangles, printed in 1861.


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