[fip-uh l]
noun Music.
  1. a plug stopping the upper end of a pipe, as a recorder or a whistle, and having a narrow slit through which the player blows.

Origin of fipple

1620–30; perhaps special use of dial. fipple loose lower lip, pouting lip; compare Old Norse flipi lower lip of a horse, Norwegian flipe flap, lappet. See flip1, flap, flabby Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a wooden plug forming a flue in the end of a pipe, as the mouthpiece of a recorder
  2. a similar device in an organ pipe with a flutelike tone

Word Origin for fipple

C17: of unknown origin
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