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  1. a small high-pitched Breton bagpipe
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Word Origin

from Breton beniou
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Examples from the Web for biniou

Historical Examples

  • The biniou is rather like a small bagpipe and produces a wild, shrill sound.

    A Childhood in Brittany Eighty Years Ago

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

  • The orchestra—two violins, a reed-pipe, a biniou, and a harp—were playing away with might and main.


    Robert W. Chambers

  • The drone of the biniou is of boxwood, handsomely inlaid with tin, and has a single or beating reed hidden within the stock.