Horn"pipe`(?), n. (Mus.) (a) An instrument of music formerly popular in Wales, consisting of a wooden pipe, with holes at intervals. It was so called because the bell at the open end was sometimes made of horn. (b) A lively tune played on a hornpipe, for dancing; a tune adapted for such playing.
Many a hornpipe he tuned to his Phyllis.Sir W. Raleigh.
(c) A dance performed, usually by one person, to such a tune, and popular among sailors.
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