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Origin of windpipe

First recorded in 1520–30; wind1 + pipe1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of windpipe

  • Then he gurgled in the darkness as if somebody's fingers had clamped his windpipe.

  • When deaf is squeezin' of me windpipe, I shall 'ave a laugh in it!

  • Overcoming a nervous contraction of the windpipe, I had managed to exclaim "Captain Falk!"


    Joseph Conrad

  • The stem of the tree or bush becomes the windpipe (trachea).

    A Handbook of Health

    Woods Hutchinson

  • Careful skinning brings you to the neck and windpipe, which also cut off.

    Practical Taxidermy

    Montagu Browne

British Dictionary definitions for windpipe


  1. a nontechnical name for trachea (def. 1) Related adjective: tracheal
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Word Origin and History for windpipe

"trachea," 1520s, from wind (n.1) in the "breath" sense + pipe (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

windpipe in Medicine


  1. trachea
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windpipe in Science


  1. See trachea.
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