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

  • n. Music See panpipe.
  • n. Zoology The vocal organ of a bird, consisting of thin vibrating muscles at or close to the division of the trachea into the bronchi.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A set of pan-pipes.
  • n. A narrow channel cut in rock, especially in ancient Egyptian tombs.
  • n. The voice organ in birds.
  • n. A rare, fluid-filled neuroglial cavity within the spinal cord or in the brain stem

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wind instrument made of reeds tied together; -- called also pandean pipes.
  • n. The lower larynx in birds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as Pan's pipes (which see, under pipe).
  • In Egypt. archæol., a narrow and deep rock-cut channel or tunnel forming a characteristic feature of Egyptian tombs of the New Empire.
  • In anatomy, the Eustachian tube.
  • In ornithology, the voice-organ of birds; the lower larynx, situated at or near the bifurcation of the trachea into the bronchi, and serving to modulate the voice, as in singing.
  • In surgery, a fistula.
  • n. In some of the brachiopods, like Syringothyris, a split tubular structure developed from the deltidial plates, lying within the umbonal region of the ventral valve, and inclosing or forming a passage for the pedicle.

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

  • n. the vocal organ of a bird
  • n. a primitive wind instrument consisting of several parallel pipes bound together


Latin sȳrinx, from Greek sūrinx.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin syrinx, from Ancient Greek σῦριγξ (sŷrinx, "pipe, tube, channel, fistula"). (Wiktionary)



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