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  • noun A musical wind instrument having a flexible bag inflated by a tube or bellows, a double-reed melody pipe and up to four drone pipes. There are several types from different national traditions, each having peculiar characteristics.


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  • The dying ears must have been quick, for John Broom heard nothing; but in a few minutes he heard the bagpipes from the officers 'mess, where they were keeping Hogmenay.

    Lob Lie-by-the-Fire: or The Luck of Lingborough 1873

  • He told me that in Germany they call bagpipes doodlebags. Recent Updates 2008

  • His bagpipes were a pile of jangled bones beside him.

    The Queen of Everything Deb Caletti 1999

  • The bagpipes are a legacy from the grim testament of war, and the savage breath of other days belches through them yet.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles

  • The bagpipes are a good thing in their place, but their place is with Dante and his _Inferno_.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles

  • Ever after he maintained that the call of the bagpipes was the most martial music in the world.

    The Sun Of Quebec A Story of a Great Crisis 1890

  • As vengeance would have it, Meg Partan was the first of whom, with supercilious airs and "clippit" tongue, he requested to know where a certain blind man, who played on an instrument called the bagpipes, lived.

    Malcolm George MacDonald 1864

  • "You know, you'll have one that's sort of about a serious topic, and you'll follow that up with one about how, you know, stop calling bagpipes a musical instrument," he says.

    News 2011

  • I'm not totally sure the bagpipes were a great idea, but you have to admit DeWyze's performance last week left people talking.

    The Seattle Times 2010

  • You mean the ones that play with those out-of-tune vacuum cleaners that are called bagpipes?

    Propeller Most Popular Stories 2009


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  • Donald MacDonald from the Isle of Skye went to study at an English university and was living in the hall of residence with all the other students there. After he had been there a month, his mother came to visit him. "And how do you find the English students, Donald?" she asked. "Mother," he replied, "they're such terrible, noisy people. The one on that side keeps banging his head on the wall and won't stop. The one on the other side screams and screams all night." "Oh Donald! How do you manage to put up with these awful noisy English neighbors?"

    "Mother, I do nothing. I just ignore them. I just stay here quietly, playing me bagpipes!"

    November 23, 2007

  • That's a great joke.

    November 23, 2007

  • The Bagpipes yt entertains you from morning till night with a repetition of the fame nots are ye dull heavy fellows: ftory tellers that with a perpetuall humming quite tire your patience.

    - Peter Reading, Mens Talents in Difcours Shadowed out by Muficall Inftruments, from Fiction, 1979

    June 26, 2008

  • These are some of my favorite instruments. The fact that they're often played by men in skirts is just gravy.

    June 26, 2008

  • I have a Bagpipes list, not quite finished.

    June 26, 2008

  • Bilby, have you seen this?

    January 22, 2009

  • Wow! *adds dudelsack to list*

    January 23, 2009

  • I can't play the bagpipes.

    July 20, 2009