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Fife

[fahyf] /faɪf/
noun
1.
Also called Fifeshire
[fahyf-sheer, -sher] /ˈfaɪf ʃɪər, -ʃər/ (Show IPA)
. a historic county in E Scotland.
2.
a region in E Scotland. 504 sq. mi. (1305 sq. km).
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British Dictionary definitions for fife shire

fife

/faɪf/
noun
1.
a small high-pitched flute similar to the piccolo and usually having no keys, used esp in military bands
verb
2.
to play (music) on a fife
Derived Forms
fifer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old High German pfīfa; see pipe1

Fife1

/faɪf/
noun
1.
a council area and historical county of E central Scotland, bordering on the North Sea between the Firths of Tay and Forth: coastal lowlands in the north and east, with several ranges of hills; mainly agricultural. Administrative centre: Glenrothes. Pop: 352 040 (2003 est). Area: 1323 sq km (511 sq miles)

Fife2

/faɪf/
noun
1.
Duncan See Duncan Phyfe
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Word Origin and History for fife shire

fife

n.

1550s, from German Pfeife "fife, pipe," from Old High German pfifa, or via Middle French fifre (15c.) from the same Old High German word; ultimately imitative. German musicians provided music for most European courts in those days. As a verb from 1590s. Agent noun fifer is recorded earlier (1530s). Fife and drum is from 1670s.

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fife shire in Culture

fife definition


A small flute with a high, piercing tone, used mainly in military bands.

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Encyclopedia Article for fife shire

fife

small transverse (side-blown) flute with six finger holes and a narrow cylindrical bore that produces a high pitch and shrill tone. The modern fife, pitched to the A above middle C, is about 15.5 inches (39 cm) long and often has an added E hole covered by a key. Its compass is about two octaves. Fifes of conical bore have also been made since the 19th century.

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