Bagpipe



Often, bagpipes. a reed instrument consisting of a melody pipe and one or more accompanying drone pipes protruding from a windbag into which the air is blown by the mouth or a bellows.
Nautical. to back (a fore-and-aft sail) by hauling the sheet to windward.
Historical Examples

This was a little dwarf, clad in goat-skin, and carrying a sort of bagpipe under his arm.
Breton Legends Anonymous

Finally a native dance to the accompaniment of the bagpipe was executed.
Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius

Betsy, still screeching like a bagpipe, had to be forcibly restrained from jumping to the rescue by the bystanders.
Humorous Readings and Recitations Various

In modern Scotland the bagpipe has altogether taken the place of the harp.
Lady of the Lake Sir Walter Scott

The harp is the musical instrument of Ossian; but the bagpipe, from time immemorial, has been the instrument of the Highlanders.
Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume I (of 2) John Hill Burton

Let me tell you something that I have been thinking about the bagpipe.
The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 1 Elizabeth Bisland

Jamais la cornemuse ne dit mot si elle n’a le ventre plein—The bagpipe never utters a word till its belly is full.
Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources James Wood

Besides the pipe and horn, the bagpipe was also a rustic instrument.
Scenes and Characters of the Middle Ages Edward Lewes Cutts

We danced to-night to the musick of the bagpipe, which made us beat the ground with prodigious force.
Life Of Johnson, Volume 5 Boswell

So blind Tim Carrol buckled on his bagpipe, and began to play.
Musical Myths and Facts, Volume II (of 2) Carl Engel

noun
(modifier) of or relating to the bagpipes: a bagpipe maker
n.

late 14c., from bag (n.) + pipe (n.1); originally a favorite instrument in England as well as the Celtic lands, but by 1912 English army officers’ slang for it was agony bags. Related: Bagpiper (early 14c.).

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