bourdon

noun bour·don \ˈbürdən, -ōr-, -ər-\
variants: less commonly

bordun

\ˈbȯr-\

Definition of bourdon

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  3burden 1

  2. 2a :  a drone bass (as in a bagpipe or a hurdy-gurdy) b :  a pipe-organ stop of a droning or buzzing quality usually of 16-foot pitch c :  the lowest bell (as in a carillon) in a ring of bells

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Origin and Etymology of bourdon

Middle English burdoun, from Middle French bourdon bass horn, of imitative origin


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