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

First recorded in 1675–85; blow2 + pipe1
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Examples from the Web for blow-pipe

Historical Examples of blow-pipe

  • How rapidly the man worked with the great mass on his blow-pipe!

    The Story of Glass

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • A plume-quill from the wing of the ibis served me for a blow-pipe.

  • Presently he placed his blow-pipe within the loop of a sipo.

  • It, however, got away before he could bring his blow-pipe to bear on it.

  • Duppo had slung his blow-pipe at his back, and held his bow with an arrow to shoot.

British Dictionary definitions for blow-pipe


  1. a long tube from which pellets, poisoned darts, etc, are shot by blowingUS word: blowgun
  2. 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
  3. a long narrow iron pipe used to gather molten glass and blow it into shape
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Word Origin and History for blow-pipe


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

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