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1. The drone pipe of a bagpipe.
2. The bass string, as of a violin.
3. An organ stop, commonly of the 16-foot pipes, medium in scale but with dark timbre.
[Middle English burdoun, bass, from Old French bourdon.]
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1. (Instruments) a 16-foot organ stop of the stopped diapason type
2. (Instruments) the drone of a bagpipe
3. (Music, other) a drone or pedal point in the bass of a harmonized melody
[C14: from Old French: drone (of a musical instrument), of imitative origin]
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bour•don(ˈbʊər dn, ˈbɔr-, ˈboʊr-)
the drone pipe of a bagpipe.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French; see burden2]
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|Noun||1.||bourdon - a pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone|
bagpipe - a tubular wind instrument; the player blows air into a bag and squeezes it out through the drone
pipe - a tubular wind instrument
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