from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An instrument consisting of a wooden handle and a piece of brass so bent upon itself as to make five small channels or gutters.


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  • He buttoned his coat all the way up to his chin, so that no one should need to know in what condition his shirt and waistcoat were, and in its deep pockets he kept his most precious possessions: his flute taken to pieces, his flat brandy bottle and his music-pen.

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  • Yet the less little Ruster had to do with flute and music-pen, so much the more must he turn to the brandy flask, and at last he became quite a drunkard.

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