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hornpipe

[hawrn-pahyp] /ˈhɔrnˌpaɪp/
noun
1.
an English folk clarinet having one ox horn concealing the reed and another forming the bell.
2.
a lively jiglike dance, originally to music played on a hornpipe, performed usually by one person, and traditionally a favorite of sailors.
3.
a piece of music for or in the style of such a dance.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English. See horn, pipe1
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Examples for hornpipe
  • All her friends are invited, and after the picnic supper they dance the sailor's hornpipe.
British Dictionary definitions for hornpipe

hornpipe

/ˈhɔːnˌpaɪp/
noun
1.
an obsolete reed instrument with a mouthpiece made of horn
2.
an old British solo dance to a hornpipe accompaniment, traditionally performed by sailors
3.
a piece of music for such a dance
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