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

  • n. A whistlelike mouthpiece for certain wind instruments, such as a recorder or flageolet, that channels the breath toward the sounding edge of a side opening.
  • n. An object similar to a fipple in an organ pipe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The block (typically of wood) that forms the floor of the windway in a wind instrument.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stopper, as in a wind instrument of music.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The under lip.
  • n. A stopper, as at the mouth of a musical wind-instrument.

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

  • n. a wooden plug forming a flue pipe (as the mouthpiece of a recorder)


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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