hornpipe

noun
horn·pipe | \ ˈhȯrn-ˌpīp \

Definition of hornpipe 

1 : a single-reed wind instrument consisting of a wooden or bone pipe with finger holes, a bell, and mouthpiece usually of horn

2 : a lively folk dance of the British Isles originally accompanied by hornpipe playing

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The audience may hear jigs, waltzes, mazurkas, reels, hornpipes and more. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 29 May 2018 The trumpets and horns, facing off on opposite sides of the ensemble, created an energetic, pealing, antiphonal effect in the final hornpipe. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Symphony stirs brilliant waves in 'Become Ocean'," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hornpipe

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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