panpipe

noun
pan·​pipe | \ ˈpan-ˌpīp How to pronounce panpipe (audio) \

Definition of panpipe

: a wind instrument consisting of a series of short vertical pipes of graduated length bound together with the mouthpieces in an even row often used in plural

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Examples of panpipe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For all her peculiar complexity, my classmates wrote Enya off as easy listening, on par with panpipe Muzak. New York Times, 7 Sep. 2021 Ambitious students who might once have embarked upon an arduous training in neurosurgery can now stream the sound of panpipes, invest in a clutch of jade eggs, and swiftly prosper as wellness consultants. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 28 Feb. 2020 It’s all ceremonial mystery drums, glitching Andean panpipes, exoplanetary ocean surf-guitars and mesmerizing synthesizer technology of unknown provenance. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2019 The owner of one musical piece featuring panpipes was listed as the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, so Pescovitz called. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 25 Aug. 2017 Carrots could be wind instruments — flutes, panpipes and clarinets, or, as Mr. Stuckenbruck called them, carronets. Annie Correal, New York Times, 15 Aug. 2017 Variously sporting an oversized Soprano’s-style leather jacket, a jaunty Hawaiian shirt and a small fedora hat, he has been filmed performing a rendition of A-Ha’s 80s classic, Take on Me, playing the maracas, drums and panpipes. Vanityfair.com, VanityFair.com, 10 Apr. 2017 Variously sporting an oversized Soprano’s-style leather jacket, a jaunty Hawaiian shirt and a small fedora hat, he has been filmed performing a rendition of A-Ha’s 80s classic, Take on Me, playing the maracas, drums and panpipes. Isobel Thompson, The Hive, 10 Apr. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of panpipe

1820, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for panpipe

Pan, its traditional inventor

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“Panpipe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/panpipe. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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