pibroch

[ pee-brokh ]
/ ˈpi brɒx /

noun

(in the Scottish Highlands) a piece of music for the bagpipe, consisting of a series of variations on a basic theme, usually martial in character, but sometimes used as a dirge.

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Origin of pibroch

1710–20; <Scots Gaelic piobaireachd piper music, equivalent to piobair piper (piobpipe1 + -air agent suffix ≪ Latin -ārius-ary) + -eachd noun suffix denoting quality or state

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British Dictionary definitions for pibroch

pibroch
/ (ˈpiːbrɒk, Gaelic ˈpiːbrɒx) /

noun

a form of music for Scottish bagpipes, consisting of a theme and variations
a piece of such music

Word Origin for pibroch

C18: from Gaelic piobaireachd, from piobair piper
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