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panpipe

or Pan's pipes, panpipes

[pan-pahyp] /ˈpænˌpaɪp/
noun
1.
a primitive wind instrument consisting of a series of hollow pipes of graduated length, the tones being produced by blowing across the upper ends.
Origin of panpipe
1810-1820
1810-20; Pan + pipe1
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  • Give me the drain pipes of the Fabians rather than the panpipes of the later poets; the drain pipes have a nicer smell.

  • The argument spread, like a ripple in a pool; soon everybody was twittering vocally or blowing on flutes and panpipes.

    Naudsonce H. Beam Piper
  • There followed a deafening pealing of panpipes, drumming of drum, and yelling of voices.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • I was "strung up" to a high degree of expectation and listened every moment to hear the panpipes and the Roo-too-too-it.

    A Thin Ghost and Others M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James
  • Fortunately fond of music, so easily pacified them by playing selection from "Tannhuser," arranged for drum and panpipes by Liszt.

  • Wild ramped the merry-go-round with its bells and hootings; and the panpipes sobbed their liquid decoy.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
British Dictionary definitions for panpipes

panpipes

/ˈpænˌpaɪps/
plural noun
1.
(often sing; often capital) a number of reeds or whistles of graduated lengths bound together to form a musical wind instrument Also called pipes of Pan, syrinx
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