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  • n. large rhizomatous perennial grasses found by riversides and in ditches having jointed stems and large grey-white feathery panicles


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  • "The sound of pipes originates in the reeds. These have traditionally been made of arundo donax, which has been used for instrument- and reed-making since classical antiquity. Pipers call it 'Spanish cane.' It used to be imported as packing around wine barrels, and indicates Scotland's long-standing links with the Mediterranean basin."
    —William Donaldson, Pipers: A Guide to the Players and Music of the Highland Bagpipe (Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2005),4

    July 27, 2008