One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of various simple wind instruments consisting of a pipe into which the player blows.
2The portion of tubing into which the mouthpiece in a brass instrument is inserted.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Roger North (1651–1734), lawyer, politician, and writer. From mouth + pipe.
mouth pipe/ˈmaʊθ pʌɪp/
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