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mirliton

[mir-li-ton; French meer-lee-tawn] /ˈmɪr lɪˌtɒn; French mir liˈtɔ̃/
noun, plural mirlitons
[mir-li-tonz; French meer-lee-tawn] /ˈmɪr lɪˌtɒnz; French mir liˈtɔ̃/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of mirliton
1810-1820
1810-20; < French: literally, reed-pipe
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  • Beat the caviare to a cream and pound the peaches to a pulp; then add the sugar and millet and stir vigorously with a mirliton.

  • Bruant ran the mirliton on the principle that the less easily pleasure is come by, the more it will be prized.

    Nights

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Trilby singing "Ben Bolt" into a mirliton was a thing to be remembered, whether one would or no!

    Trilby George Du Maurier
  • To give an account of the “mirliton” is to tell the story of Bruant, the most popular ballad-writer in France to-day.

    The Ways of Men Eliot Gregory
  • Driven forth again I fly home, accompanied by the unnerving tones of the mirliton pipes.

    The Inferno August Strindberg
  • On the 27th of March this "mirliton" concert was repeated at Ciceri's, and on this occasion Cherubini took an active part.

British Dictionary definitions for mirliton

mirliton

/ˈmɜːlɪtɒn/
noun
1.
another name (chiefly US) for chayote
Word Origin
C19: French, literally: reed pipe, of imitative origin
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