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Action hero's underwater breathing aid (4 letter answer)

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The answer REED is very common and appears about once every 46 puzzles.

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REED as a noun:

1. tall woody perennial grasses with hollow slender stems especially of the genera Arundo and Phragmites
2. (Reed, John Reed) = United States journalist who reported on the October Revolution from Petrograd in 1917; founded the Communist Labor Party in America in 1919; is buried in the Kremlin in Moscow (1887-1920)
3. (Reed, Walter Reed) = United States physician who proved that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes (1851-1902)
4. (reed, vibrating reed) = a vibrator consisting of a thin strip of stiff material that vibrates to produce a tone when air streams over it; "the clarinetist fitted a new reed onto his mouthpiece"
5. (beating-reed instrument, reed instrument, reed) = a musical instrument that sounds by means of a vibrating reed