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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small French bagpipe operated with a bellows and having a soft sound.
  • n. A soft pastoral air that imitates bagpipe music.
  • n. A small canvas or leather bag with a shoulder strap, as one used by soldiers or travelers. Also called musette bag.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small bagpipe with a bellows, having a soft sound, and once popular in France.
  • n. A dance tune or pastoral air that imitates this instrument.
  • n. A small bag or knapsack, with a shoulder strap, used by soldiers, student, tourists, etc., containing food or other things.
  • n. A small instrument similar to an oboe or shawm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small bagpipe formerly in use, having a soft and sweet tone.
  • n. An air adapted to this instrument; also, a kind of rustic dance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small and simple variety of oboe.
  • n. A form of bagpipe once very popular in France, having a compass of from ten to thirteen tones.
  • n. A quiet pastoral melody, usually with a drone-bass, written in imitation of a bagpipe tune: often introduced as one of the parts of the old-fashioned suite, especially as a contrast to the gavotte.
  • n. Same as schalmei, 4.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small bagpipe formerly popular in France

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of muse, from muser, to play the musette, muse; see muse.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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