Fife



[fahyf] /faɪf/

noun
1.
a high-pitched transverse flute used commonly in military and marching musical groups.
verb (used with or without object), fifed, fifing.
2.
to play on a fife.
[fahyf] /faɪf/
noun
1.
Also called Fifeshire
[fahyf-sheer, -sher] /ˈfaɪf ʃɪər, -ʃər/ (Show IPA). a historic county in E Scotland.
2.
a region in E Scotland. 504 sq. mi. (1305 sq. km).
/faɪf/
noun
1.
a small high-pitched flute similar to the piccolo and usually having no keys, used esp in military bands
verb
2.
to play (music) on a fife
/faɪf/
noun
1.
a council area and historical county of E central Scotland, bordering on the North Sea between the Firths of Tay and Forth: coastal lowlands in the north and east, with several ranges of hills; mainly agricultural. Administrative centre: Glenrothes. Pop: 352 040 (2003 est). Area: 1323 sq km (511 sq miles)
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1.
Duncan See Duncan Phyfe
n.

1550s, from German Pfeife “fife, pipe,” from Old High German pfifa, or via Middle French fifre (15c.) from the same Old High German word; ultimately imitative. German musicians provided music for most European courts in those days. As a verb from 1590s. Agent noun fifer is recorded earlier (1530s). Fife and drum is from 1670s.

A small flute with a high, piercing tone, used mainly in military bands.

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    [fahyf] /faɪf/ noun 1. a high-pitched transverse flute used commonly in military and marching musical groups. verb (used with or without object), fifed, fifing. 2. to play on a fife. /faɪf/ noun 1. a small high-pitched flute similar to the piccolo and usually having no keys, used esp in military bands verb 2. to play […]

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