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  • There were all the squash-vines in the garden offering trumpets ready made; there was the elder-bush, growing whistle-wood by the yard; and then the gigantic whistles that could be manufactured from willow, and poplar, and black alder were mysteries distressing to contemplate.

    Poganuc People: Their Loves and Lives 1878


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  • A common name for Tilia (basswood) and species of maple whose green shoots and their bark are amenable to the construction of whistles.

    September 1, 2010