Horn"pipe` (?), n. Mus. (a)

An instrument of music formerly popular in Wales, consisting of a wooden pipe, with holes at intervals. It was so called because the bell at the open end was sometimes made of horn.

(b)

A lively tune played on a hornpipe, for dancing; a tune adapted for such playing.

Many a hornpipe he tuned to his Phyllis. Sir W. Raleigh.

(c) A dance performed, usually by one person, to such a tune, and popular among sailors.<-- = sailor's hornpipe -->

 

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