bourdon

bourdon

[boor-dn, bawr-, bohr-]
noun Music.
1.
a.
the drone pipe of a bagpipe.
b.
the drone string of a stringed instrument.
2.
a low-pitched tone; bass.
3.
a pipe organ stop of very low pitch.
4.
the bell in a carillon having the lowest pitch.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French; see burden2

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bourdon (ˈbʊədən, ˈbɔːdən)
 
n
1.  a 16-foot organ stop of the stopped diapason type
2.  the drone of a bagpipe
3.  a drone or pedal point in the bass of a harmonized melody
 
[C14: from Old French: drone (of a musical instrument), of imitative origin]

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