uilleann pipe


uil·​leann pipe
: an Irish bagpipe with air supplied by a bellows held under and worked by the elbow

Word History


partial translation of Irish Gaelic píb uilleann; uilleann from Irish Gaelic, genitive singular of uillinn elbow, from Old Irish uilen; akin to Old English eln ell

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uilleann pipe was in 1906

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“Uilleann pipe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uilleann%20pipe. Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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