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A small pipe that, when sounded, gives the initial pitch for a piece of music or the standard pitch for tuning an instrument.
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(Instruments) a small pipe, esp one having a reed like a harmonica, that sounds a note or notes of standard frequency. It is used for establishing the correct starting note for unaccompanied singing
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a small flute or reed pipe producing one or more pitches when blown into.
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