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[ bloh-pahyp ]
/ ˈbloʊˌpaɪp /


a tube through which a stream of air or gas is forced into a flame to concentrate and increase its heating action.
Also called blow-iron, blowtube. Glass Blowing. a long metal pipe used to gather and blow the molten glass in making hollowware.
Medicine/Medical. an instrument used to observe or clean a cavity.


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Nearby words

blowlamp, blown, blown-up, blowoff, blowout, blowpipe, blowsy, blowtorch, blowtube, blowup, blowy

Origin of blowpipe

First recorded in 1675–85; blow2 + pipe1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for blow-pipe


/ (ˈbləʊˌpaɪp) /


a long tube from which pellets, poisoned darts, etc, are shot by blowingUS word: blowgun
Also called: blow tube a tube for blowing air or oxygen into a flame to intensify its heat and direct it onto a small area
a long narrow iron pipe used to gather molten glass and blow it into shape
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for blow-pipe



type of weapon, 1680s, from blow (v.1) + pipe (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper