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the drone of a bagpipe
Origin: Fr < ML burdo, drone (bee), wind instrument: see burden
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- The drone pipe of a bagpipe.
- The bass string, as of a violin.
- An organ stop, commonly of the 16-foot pipes, medium in scale but with dark timbre.
Origin: Middle English burdoun, bass, from Old French bourdon.