from The Century Dictionary.
- noun See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Slang, Eng. A street seller of ballads and other broadsides.
- noun colloq. A deceitful, tricky dealer or horse jockey.
- noun The flute of a bagpipe. See
Chanter, n., 3.
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- noun UK, slang, obsolete A
street sellerof balladsand other broadsides.
- noun colloquial A
deceitful, tricky dealeror horse jockey.
- noun The
chanteror fluteof a bagpipe.
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For it was contended by some that John the chaunter was the first to hold the office, by others that Quivil founded the office and that the bishop's name was really John Cauntor.
The pipes are of three kinds: (1) a simple valved insufflation tube or "blow-pipe," by means of which the performer fills the bag reservoir; (2) the "chaunter"
(chanter) or the melody-pipe, having according to the variety of the bag-pipe a conical or a cylindrical bore, lateral holes, and in some cases keys and a bell; the "chaunter" is invariably made to speak by means of a double-reed; (3) the "drones," jointed pipes with cylindrical bore, generally terminating in a bell, but having no lateral holes and being capable, therefore, of producing but one fixed note.
Imam Nafi al-Kari, or the Koran chaunter; and near him the great doctor Imam Malik ibn Anas, a native of Al-Madinah, and one of the most dutiful of her sons.
The arghoul (_q. v._), a modern Egyptian instrument, possesses the characteristic feature of drone and chaunter without the bag.
The right-hand chaunter sounded the five notes D, E, F,
The old Irish bag-pipe, of which we possess an illustration dated 1581,  had a long conical chaunter with a bell and apparently seven holes in front and a thumb-hole behind; there were two drones of different lengths -- one very long -- both set in the same stock.
The chaunter had seven finger-holes and a vent-hole in front, and a thumb-hole at the back.
The chaunter consists of a conical wooden tube terminating in a bell and measuring from 14 to 16 in. including the reed.
The Hotteterre chaunter, known as le _petit chalumeau_, had six keys, whereas the _grand chalumeau_ had seven, besides eight finger-holes and a vent-hole in the bell.