bourdon

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

Definition of bourdon

plural -s
1 :3burden 1
2 a :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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