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flue1

[floo] /flu/
noun
1.
a passage or duct for smoke in a chimney.
2.
any duct or passage for air, gas, or the like.
3.
a tube, especially a large one, in a fire-tube boiler.
4.
Music.
  1. flue pipe.
  2. Also called windway. a narrow slit in the upper end of an organ pipe through which the air current is directed.
Origin of flue1
1555-1565
1555-65; earlier flew, perhaps representing Old English flēwsa a flowing, the form flews being taken as plural
Can be confused
flew, flu, flue.

flue2

[floo] /flu/
noun
1.
downy matter; fluff.
Origin
1580-90; perhaps to be identified with Old English flug- (in flugol swift, fleeting); akin to fly1. Compare Low German flug

flue3

or flew

[floo] /flu/
noun
1.
a fishing net.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English flowe; compare Middle Dutch vluwe fishing net
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flue1

/fluː/
noun
1.
a shaft, tube, or pipe, esp as used in a chimney, to carry off smoke, gas, etc
2.
(music) the passage in an organ pipe or flute within which a vibrating air column is set up See also flue pipe
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin

flue2

/fluː/
noun
1.
loose fluffy matter; down
Word Origin
C16: from Flemish vluwe, from Old French velu shaggy

flue3

/fluː/
noun
1.
a type of fishing net
Word Origin
Middle English, from Middle Dutch vlūwe

flue4

/fluː/
noun
1.
another word for fluke1 (sense 1), fluke1
Derived Forms
flued, adjective
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Word Origin and History for flue
n.

"smoke channel in a chimney," 1580s, perhaps related to 15c. word meaning "mouthpiece of a hunting horn," or perhaps from Old English flowan "to flow," and/or Old French fluie "stream."

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