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Word of the Day 11/28/17 Musette

Musette (noun)
musette [myoo-zet]


noun
1. Also called musette bag. a small leather or canvas bag with a shoulder strap, used for carrying personal belongings, food, etc., while hiking, marching, or the like.
2. a French bagpipe of the 17th and early 18th centuries, with several chambers and drones, and with the wind supplied by a bellows rather than a blowpipe.
3. a woodwind instrument similar to but smaller than a shawm.
4. a short musical piece with a drone bass, often forming the middle section of a gavotte.


Origin: 1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to muse bagpipe (derivative of muser to play the bagpipe < Latin mussāre to hum; see muse) + -ette- -ette

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