from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A toy musical instrument consisting of a hollow wooden pipe, about 4 inches long and half an inch in diameter, with a hole near one end and closed with parchment at the other, producing, when blown, a loud doleful sound. It was in use about 1856. Hence—2. An imaginary musical instrument feigned to be loudly sounded on occasions of special jubilation.
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