blow·​pipe | \ ˈblō-ˌpīp How to pronounce blowpipe (audio) \

Definition of blowpipe

1 : a small tubular instrument for directing a jet of air or other gas into a flame so as to concentrate and increase the heat
3 : a tubular instrument used for revealing or cleaning a bodily cavity by forcing air into it
4 : a long metal tube on the end of which a glassmaker gathers a quantity of molten glass and through which he blows to expand and shape it

Examples of blowpipe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The buck was given a low dose of tranquilizer, Tarbox said, delivered from a blowpipe. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Ensnared young buck rescued from certain death in Menlo Park," 12 Sep. 2019 Guests can learn to weave, hunt with a blowpipe, and fish sustainably with poisonous roots, but there are also opportunities to teach in the local school. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 At his workstation, Horton rests the blowpipe's midsection on a metal arm. C.j. Chivers, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Man Glassblowing These Gorgeous Retro Fishing Lures," 26 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of blowpipe

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of blowpipe was in 1670

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“Blowpipe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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blow·​pipe | \ ˈblō-ˌpīp How to pronounce blowpipe (audio) \

Medical Definition of blowpipe

: a tubular instrument used in anatomy and zoology for revealing or cleaning a bodily cavity by forcing air into it

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