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 It’s all ceremonial mystery drums, glitching Andean panpipes, exoplanetary ocean surf-guitars and mesmerizing synthesizer technology of unknown provenance. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "Best music of 2019: Lana Del Rey sings lullabies about the end of America," 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, "Forty Years Later, the Golden Record Goes Vinyl," 25 Aug. 2017 Carrots could be wind instruments — flutes, panpipes and clarinets, or, as Mr. Stuckenbruck called them, carronets. Annie Correal, New York Times, "Cue the Carrots! Strike Up the Squash!," 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, "Russia Is Trolling Boris Johnson for Canceling His Trip to Moscow," 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, "Russia Is Trolling Boris Johnson for Canceling His Trip to Moscow," 10 Apr. 2017

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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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The first known use of panpipe was in 1820

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25 Dec 2019

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“Panpipe.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/panpipe. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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panpipe

noun
How to pronounce panpipe (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of panpipe

: a musical instrument that is made up of several short pipes of different lengths and that is played by blowing air across the top

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