from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fife; also, a rude kind of oboe or a bagpipe with an inflated skin for reservoir.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A musical instrument, either a small flageolet or a small oboe, used by strolling players in some parts of Italy and Tyrol.
- n. The name of an organ-stop: same as bifara.
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"For thirty-three years more, let us hope," said I. "_Eh! speriamo_," (Let us hope so,) was the answer of the _piffero_, as he showed all his teeth in the broadest of smiles.
Sometimes they stray "as far away as Paris is," and, wandering about in that gay capital, like children at a fair, play in the streets for chance _sous_, or stand as models to artists, who, having once been to Rome, hear with a longing Rome-sickness the old characteristic sounds of the _piffero_ and _zampogna_.
And, "_Ecco_," continued the _piffero_, bursting in before the
If a piffero strolled through the street, the monotonous drone of his bagpipe was reproduced in most comical imitation; and anon there was a gush of bird-songs, as if a whole aviary were in the vicinity.
Higher and higher, nearer and nearer to the impossible, rose the quick, piercing notes of the piffero.
_piffero_, was a man of middle age, stout, vigorous, with a forest of tangled black hair, and dark quick eyes that were fixed steadily on the