hornpipe

[ hawrn-pahyp ]
/ ˈhɔrnˌpaɪp /

noun

an English folk clarinet having one ox horn concealing the reed and another forming the bell.
a lively jiglike dance, originally to music played on a hornpipe, performed usually by one person, and traditionally a favorite of sailors.
a piece of music for or in the style of such a dance.

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Origin of hornpipe

1350–1400; Middle English. See horn, pipe1
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British Dictionary definitions for hornpipe

hornpipe
/ (ˈhɔːnˌpaɪp) /

noun

an obsolete reed instrument with a mouthpiece made of horn
an old British solo dance to a hornpipe accompaniment, traditionally performed by sailors
a piece of music for such a dance
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