bagpipes

(also infml pipes) n [pl]
a musical instrument played by blowing air into a bag held under the arm, and pressing it out through pipes. Similar instruments are played in many countries, including Ireland, but in Britain the bagpipes are mainly associated with Scotland. The sound they make is unusual, but their music is suitable both for dancing and for serious occasions such as funerals. A person who plays the bagpipes is called a piper:

the wail of the bagpipes.

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