bagpipe

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noun bag·pipe \ˈbag-ˌpīp\

Definition of bagpipe

  1. :  a wind instrument consisting of a reed melody pipe and from one to five drones with air supplied continuously either by a bag with valve-stopped mouth tube or by bellows —often used in plural

bagpiper

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This is a wind instrument that consists of two or more single- or double-reed pipes. The reeds are vibrated by wind caused by arm pressure on a skin or cloth bag. The pipes are held in wooden sockets tied into the bag, which is inflated either by the mouth or by bellows strapped to the body. Melodies are played on the finger holes of the melody pipe, or chanter, while the remaining pipes, or drones, sound single notes. Bagpipes existed by c. 100 ce. The early bag was an animal bladder or a nearly whole sheepskin or goatskin. Bagpipes have always been folk instruments. An important related instrument is the Irish union (or uilleann) pipes.

Illustration of bagpipe

14th Century

First Known Use of bagpipe

14th century


BAGPIPE Defined for English Language Learners

bagpipe

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Definition of bagpipe for English Language Learners

  • : a musical instrument that is played especially in Scotland and that has a bag, a tube for blowing air into the bag, and pipes where the air leaves and makes sounds


BAGPIPE Defined for Kids

bagpipe

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noun bag·pipe \ˈbag-ˌpīp\

Definition of bagpipe for Students

  1. :  a musical instrument played especially in Scotland that consists of a tube, a bag for air, and pipes from which the sound comes



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