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a tube through which a stream of air or gas is forced into a flame to concentrate and increase its heating action.
Also called blow-iron, blowtube. Glass Blowing. a long metal pipe used to gather and blow the molten glass in making hollowware.
Medicine/Medical. an instrument used to observe or clean a cavity.
Historical Examples

Chambers’s Journal of Popular Literature, Science, and Art Various
The Hunters’ Feast Mayne Reid
On Laboratory Arts Richard Threlfall
Martin Rattler R.M. Ballantyne
On Laboratory Arts Richard Threlfall
Musical Myths and Facts, Volume II (of 2) Carl Engel
The Life of Sir Humphrey Davy, Bart. LL.D., Volume 1 (of 2) John Ayrton Paris
The A B C of Mining Charles A. Bramble
On the Banks of the Amazon W.H.G. Kingston
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley

a long tube from which pellets, poisoned darts, etc, are shot by blowing US word blowgun
Also called blow tube. a tube for blowing air or oxygen into a flame to intensify its heat and direct it onto a small area
a long narrow iron pipe used to gather molten glass and blow it into shape


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