- a tube, pipe, or shaft for the passage of smoke, hot air, exhaust fumes, etc., esp. in a chimney
Origin of flueME, mouthpiece of a hunting horn
- a flue pipe in an organ
- the opening or passage for air in such a flue pipe
Origin of flue; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old French fluie, a flowing, stream
Origin of fluealtered ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps fluke
Origin of flue; from Flemish vluwe ; from French velu, woolly ; from Vulgar Latin villutus, shaggy ; from Classical Latin villus, shaggy hair
Origin of flueMiddle English flew ; from Middle Dutch vluwe
- A pipe, tube, or channel for conveying hot air, gas, steam, or smoke, as from a furnace or fireplace to a chimney.
- Music a. An organ pipe sounded by means of a current of air striking a lip in the side of the pipe and causing the air within to vibrate. Also called labial.b. The lipped opening in such a pipe.
Origin of flueOrigin unknown.
Origin of flueMiddle English, from Middle Dutch vl&umacron;we; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.