pitch pipe

noun

Definition of pitch pipe 

: a small reed pipe or flue pipe producing one or more tones to establish the pitch in singing or in tuning an instrument

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One member blew a single note on a pitch pipe, and with that one note, the chorus launched into four-part harmony singing Christmas classics. Carson Gerber, The Seattle Times, "Tipton all-female barbershop chorus a sisterhood of singers," 24 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of pitch pipe

1685, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pitch pipe was in 1685

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