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  • n. A set of traditional Breton bagpipes.


From Breton binioù, plural of béni. (Wiktionary)


  • The biniou is rather like a small bagpipe and produces a wild, shrill sound.

    A Childhood in Brittany Eighty Years Ago

  • The musicians, with biniou and hautboy, went round to summon the guests.

    Brittany & Its Byways

  • The music consists of the biniou or bagpipe, and the flageolet or hautboy, sometimes with the addition of a drum.

    Brittany & Its Byways

  • The biniou, cornemuse, or bagpipe, is the national instrument of western and southern France.

    Brittany & Its Byways

  • During the repasts a violinist and a biniou - player, dressed in his Breton costume, played to us.

    A Childhood in Brittany Eighty Years Ago

  • After the feasting two famous biniou-players took up their places on the high talus that separated Ker-Eliane from Loch-ar-Brugg and played the farandol, the jabadao, and other country-dances for the peasants to dance to.

    A Childhood in Brittany Eighty Years Ago

  • In front the violin sang a strident tune, and the biniou snored and hummed, while the player capered solemnly, lifting high his heavy clogs.

    Tales of Unrest

  • She passed the orchestra, trudging back to Saint-Lys along the gravel drive, the two fat violinists stolidly smoking their Alsacian pipes, the harp-player muttering to the aged piper, the little biniou man from the Côte-d'Or, excited, mercurial, gesticulating at every step.

    Lorraine A romance

  • The orchestra -- two violins, a reed-pipe, a biniou, and a harp -- were playing away with might and main.

    Lorraine A romance

  • Ah, what a world entire was this lost little hamlet of Paradise, where merrymakers trod on the mourners 'heels, where the scream of the biniou drowned the floating note of the passing bell, where Misery drew the curtains of her bed and lay sleepless, listening to Gayety dancing breathless to the patter of a coquette's wooden shoes!

    The Maids of Paradise


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