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A pipe for the supply or passage of air, as a bronchial tube, a ventilation pipe, etc.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Nicholas Culpeper (1616–1654), physician and astrologer. From air + pipe, originally ultimately after post-classical Latin fistula spiritalis trachea (3rd or 4th cent. a.d. in Lactantius; compare spiritus fistula, fistula spiritualis.
air pipe/ˈɛː pʌɪp/
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