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musette

[ myoo-zet ]
/ myuˈzɛt /
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noun
Also called mu·sette bag . a small leather or canvas bag with a shoulder strap, used for carrying personal belongings, food, etc., while hiking, marching, or the like.
a French bagpipe of the 17th and early 18th centuries, with several chambers and drones, and with the wind supplied by a bellows rather than a blowpipe.
a woodwind instrument similar to but smaller than a shawm.
a short musical piece with a drone bass, often forming the middle section of a gavotte.
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Origin of musette

First recorded in 1350–1400; def. 1 was first recorded in 1920–25; Middle English, from Middle French, equivalent to muse “bagpipe” (derivative of muser “to play the bagpipe,” from Latin mussāre “to hum”) + -ette; see origin at muse,-ette
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British Dictionary definitions for musette

musette
/ (mjuːˈzɛt, French myzɛt) /

noun
a type of bagpipe with a bellows popular in France during the 17th and 18th centuries
a dance, with a drone bass originally played by a musette

Word Origin for musette

C14: from Old French, diminutive of muse bagpipe
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