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Hornpipe

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Hornpipe

An instrument of music formerly popular in wales, consisting of a wooden pipe, with holes at intervals. It was so called because the bell at the open end was sometimes made of horn.

a lively tune played on a hornpipe, for dancing; a tune adapted for such playing. Many a hornpipe he tuned to his Phyllis. (Sir W. Raleigh) a dance performed, usually by one person, to such a tune, and popular among sailors.